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    Mr Lover Lover
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    Originally posted by Jacksf View Post
    Jamaica has a population of just under 3 million - a little more than the population of Chicago.
    The USA has a population of 328 million.
    So Jamaica has less than 1% of the US population, but somehow Jamaica has been as good or better than the USA in sprinting over the past 20 years.
    Additionally the USA is a much richer and more developed country, which means more and better facilities, opportunities, nutrition, sports medicine, etc.

    I've heard some say that the reason Jamaica is so strong in track is because track is the most popular sport in Jamaica, whereas it is not popular at all in the States.
    Still, with more 100 times their population, the US would still have more participants in the sport than Jamaica.
    And if there are some cultural differences that are factors, why don't other Caribbean nations do better in the sprints?!
    Cuba and Haiti and the Dominican Republic have populations of about 11 million each. Porto Rico has a population of 3.5 million people.
    Yet all these countries combined haven't had any (maybe 1 or 2) world class sprinters during the past 2 decades during which Jamaica has dominated.

    So why is the tiny nation of Jamaica consistently such a force in the short sprints?
    All you need to do is to take a look at their Boys and Girls champs and see how competitive and how serious they take that competition and it has been that case for years. Many of their superstars came from that same platform. Bolt, Blake, VCB,Sherone, Kerron, SAFP, Shericka,Melanie Walker and the list goes on.

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  • ATK
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  • ATK
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    Wait, so it's not all about the yams?

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  • Atticus
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  • Atticus
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    While one could it to attribute it to the demographics, body-types or ethnic heritage of the population (West Central African), there certainly is a strong cultural 'appreciation' of T&F in Jamaica. Popular renown and financial incentives are strong there.

    Whatever it is, I like and appreciate it. It was hard for even the most jingoistic American fan NOT to root for their greatest national athletics heroes,

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  • Jacksf
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    started a topic Reason for Jamaican sprint success?

    Reason for Jamaican sprint success?

    Jamaica has a population of just under 3 million - a little more than the population of Chicago.
    The USA has a population of 328 million.
    So Jamaica has less than 1% of the US population, but somehow Jamaica has been as good or better than the USA in sprinting over the past 20 years.
    Additionally the USA is a much richer and more developed country, which means more and better facilities, opportunities, nutrition, sports medicine, etc.

    I've heard some say that the reason Jamaica is so strong in track is because track is the most popular sport in Jamaica, whereas it is not popular at all in the States.
    Still, with more 100 times their population, the US would still have more participants in the sport than Jamaica.
    And if there are some cultural differences that are factors, why don't other Caribbean nations do better in the sprints?!
    Cuba and Haiti and the Dominican Republic have populations of about 11 million each. Porto Rico has a population of 3.5 million people.
    Yet all these countries combined haven't had any (maybe 1 or 2) world class sprinters during the past 2 decades during which Jamaica has dominated.

    So why is the tiny nation of Jamaica consistently such a force in the short sprints?
    Jacksf
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    Last edited by Jacksf; 09-21-2021, 08:51 PM.
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