Awesome was the word as Jamaica's womens 4x100 team yesterday earned their 10th medal at the Olympic Games and will continue the hunt today as the island's Olympians look to close out the games in style later and secure the country's most successful medal haul, as the curtains get set to come down on the London Games.
Jamaica will be in two finals today - the men's 4x100m and women's 4x400m relay finals, while Taekwondo representative Kenneth Edwards will start his one day +80kg weight class competition at the Excel London Exhibition Centre.
The team of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart produced a national record, 41.41 for a silver medal in the women's 4x100m but it was not enough to stop a rampant US team with anchor Carmelita Jeter stopping the clock in a world record 40.82, dismantling the old mark of 41.37, which was set by East Germany in 1985.
This was the same Jamaican quartet that raced to 41.70 and a silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea last year, but with one major tweak, with Campbell-Brown used on the third leg to maximize her superior ability and experience on the curve with Stewart, who had been toggled between the second and third legs with Simpson in previous teams, moving to anchor.
"We got a national record and we have to give God thanks because we came here healthy and finished healthy, so I mean that is priority, at the end of the day because you can't run unless you are healthy," said lead off athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Keron Stewart paid homage to the Americans but is certain that the Jamaicans will find a response in the future.
"It's excellent, we break the record last year and again this year, as you can see, we are improving," Campbell-Brown beamed.