Jamaica and the London 2012 Olympics: Asafa Powell, Brigette Foster-Hylton, Melanie Walker suffer unfortunate turn of events at XXX Olympiad

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

Along with the highs that come with the London 2012 Olympics, the Jamaican team has experienced some lows as well. These occurring in the Jamaican Independence season when Jamaica turns 50.

Jamaicans are known for their fortitude, strong will and fast sprinting. They are also known for their ability to rally and bounce back when the going gets rough. The Jamaican Olympic Athletes contingent in London will have to show the world these intrinsic values as they recover and move on from some obstacles, tragedies and unfortunate outcomes at the XXX Olympiad in London.

Asafa Powell suffered a devastating injury in the finals of the men’s 100 metres on Day Three of the Track and Field Schedule; his teammates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake went on to take the gold and silver, respectively. His agent Paul Doyle reports, “We had an ultrasound today and we are having an MRI at 7:30pm tonight, but the ultra sound has shown that there are new damages to the adductor muscles and also some scar tissue damage from an old injury in another area,” said Doyle.

“Based on the current findings, I don’t think it looks good for the rest of the season for Asafa, but we will have to consult with coach (Stephen Francis) once we get at the final results from the MRI and make a decision, but unfortunately the relays most likely will be out and the season will most likely come to an end for him,” Doyle added.

So not only is Asafa Powell out of the 4X100 metres relays, but he might not be able to compete for the rest of the athletic season; bye, bye Diamond League.

Tragedy struck again in the morning session of day four, as Olympic medal hopeful, Brigette Foster-Hylton, hit the hurdles after leading in her heats and finished in seventh place. Foster-Hylton is a Jamaican 110 metres hurdle sprinter. She has been competing for many years and this Olympics was to be her swan song as she bows out of competitive hurdles.

Melanie Walker, Olympic Champion and World Champion in the 400 metres hurdle did not qualify for the finals of the women’s event. It is still uncertain exactly what affected Melanie’s performance, however, it was apparent from the early stages of her semi final race that she was not fully engaged in the process. On the up side, teammate Kaliese Spencer has made it through to the finals and is the only Jamaican female to do so.

So, as the sunsets on Day Four of the Track and Field Schedule in London, all other athletes will rally around their fellow team mates; however, now more than ever they will be called upon to show the world just how strong and enduring the Jamaican spirit truly is.

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