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Donovan Bailey hails halt of J’can sprint exodus

OSLO, Norway (AFP) — Jamaican-born Canadian Donovan Bailey, a former 100 metres world record holder and Atlanta Olympics gold medallist, has hailed the halt of the drain of top sprint athletes from the Caribbean island.

“Jamaica has been dominating sprints for many years. That’s really no news,” said Bailey, whose Olympic record was eventually broken 12 years later by Jamaica’s current double world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt in Beijing.

“But the big news is that they (Jamaican-born sprinters) now represent the island. Some athletes now have the opportunity to actively stay homegrown: born in Jamaica, train in Jamaica, go to school in Jamaica. Read more>>

Source: Jamaica Observer

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