[quote author="Mike Young" date="1251967533"][quote author="Jake Sumner" date="1251957496"]An island of 2.8 million people, who has never been that successful at track in the past, and suddenly becomes sprint powerhouse, is winning because of “talent.” That’s it.
And a sprinter named Usain Bolt, who is “clean,” is OBLITERATING every time that all the caught cheats had acheived. Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis, Linford Christie, and other druggies aren’t even in his league.
Jake…does every single one of your posts have to be tinged with drug accusations, inaccuracies and / or white empowerment? To say that Jamaica has never been that successful in track and field is outright ignorant. Per capita they have been much better than almost every one of your beloved European nations for the past 40 years despite only recently putting together a semblance of a national association. If you count there ex-pats the list just continues to grow. And just to flip things…the results of the past 40 years indicate that an athlete like a Usain Bolt coming from Jamaica is far more likely than a Ramil Gulieyev from Azerbaijan.[/quote]
I think your first impression of me has led you to ignore the integrity of this post. I remember how I acted in the Ethnicity and Sprinting thread, and I hope you don’t think of me as the guy who wrote that. However, this above post is an undertsatement, if anything.
Jamaica’s medallist count and finallists count has been increased dramatically in the last 2 years. Never before have they ever been on par with the United States. Proportionally, I am not disputing that they have shown signs of talent for such a small population. So has Ireland, to a smaller extent. Jamaica has just recently began dominating countries with 10x their population in sprinting. Look at the medal counts. The trend is staggereing. 2009 is by far the most Jamaica has ever dominated.
And the odds that the son of a former Soviet Sprinter would also become a sgood sprinter are not that unlikely, and the country of origin in Azerbaijan is irrelavent unless you see a trend (Jamaica). You know all this though.[/quote]
Mike said it twice but I think you may have missed it. There are tons of athletes born in Jamaica or other Caribbean countries that end up running for a major nation and winning medals. It also happens a lot in African countries like Nigeria.