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Old October 5th, 2019, 07:56 AM
Jangle Jangle is offline
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Default Those 2009 track and field experts!

In 2009, I took on a whole cadre of so-called track-and-field experts on radio. I also earned the wrath of some senior sports personalities in Jamaica that year.

It is now well-known that 2009 was a year that Jamaica “gwaan wid a bag a tings” at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. This was after that break-out year in Beijing in the Olympics in 2008.

I challenged all that crap on my local radio show in 2009 and clashed with some well-known names. My argument was simple: Jamaica does well in sprinting simply because, as a nation, we were very passionate about running fast. Why we have that passion is as unexplainable as why we have (had) a passion for cricket or dominoes or jerk chicken. As a result of this passion, our youngsters love sprinting. ‘Champs’ provided a ready outlet for this passion, and our recruiting system means that no real talent ever fell through the cracks. The passion also made us develop some great sprint coaches. The year 2009 also provided us with a golden generation of sprinters that was more coincidence than anything else.
Hey .. look at the bright side .... at least you're not a Liverpool fan! - Lazie 2/24/10 Paul Marin -19 is one thing, 20 is a whole other matter. It gets even worse if they win the UCL. *groan*. 05/18/2011.MU fans naah cough, but all a unuh a vomit?-Lazie 1/11/2015
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