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Praise for Birmingham from record-breaking Jamaica

On Sunday, the London 2012 Olympic Games came to an spectacular end

On Sunday, the London 2012 Olympic Games came to an spectacular end. ‘Mo fever’ has hit the Brits, Tom Daley made the dive of his life, and Usain Bolt led the record-breaking Jamaican team to yet another win.

All four of Jamaica’s Gold medals came from the Athletics track- the Men’s 100m, Men’s 200m, Men’s 4 x 100m Relay and Women’s 100m. Usain Bolt, obtaining 3 of these Golds, secured his legend status as the Jamaican’s relay team broke the world record in stunning fashion.

It was his actions after the breath-taking performance, however, that many in Birmingham enjoyed the most.

After the amazing win on Saturday night, he gave another heartfelt shout-out to the University of Birmingham. In a BBC interview, Bolt said, 'Big up to Birmingham. That’s where we trained. They really supported us. We got everything possible: the indoor facilities, the gym work, everything. For me, it’s an honour. Thank you guys for everything you’ve done for me.'

‘Thank you guys for everything you’ve done for me.’ - Usain Bolt

The University of Birmingham provided the Jamaican Track and Field team with a camp for 12 days to prepare for the games. Volunteers, staff and students alike were biting at the reins to get a glimpse of the world-renowned super-stars and the world’s fastest man. During this stay, the athletes delighted crowds and attended a dinner which raised more than £30,000 to support University students from Jamaica.

The services provided by the University were second to none; they included extra-large beds for the taller members of the team, as well as the relaying of the running track on campus. Dominique Blake was another athlete ready to praise Birmingham, commenting that, 'We have a phenomenal track in Birmingham and the volunteer staff have been so supportive every single day, 24 hours a day. We really have no complaints.'

The University also hosted another high-profile track and field team, the USA. Altogether, Birmingham helped many world-class athletes achieve their best, including Usain Bolt, Shericka Williams, Tyson Gay and Carmelita Jeter.

Ashley is Redbrick's Digital Editor. He is Editor of the Selly Oak Magazine and an English student at UoB. He has written for the Guardian and the Independent. (@AshleyKirk92)


15th August 2012 at 8:33 pm