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PROMISING FUTURE: Todd

JAMAICA’S 100m sprinters have dominated the distance in recent times but their stranglehold is now official as the Caribbean island boasts gold medals in every major competition, in every age group.

With Odail Todd winning gold at the world youth championships in Lille, France recently, Jamaica are now the first and only nation to complete a clean sweep of 100m titles at all ages and levels in male athletics at the same time.

Jamaica has won gold at the world youth Olympics (Odean Skeene), the world youth championships (Todd), the world junior championships (Dexter Lee), the Commonwealth Games (Lerone Clarke), the world championships (Usain Bolt) and the Olympic Games (Bolt).

With his three Olympic gold medals and three world records in Beijing in 2008, Bolt is arguably the catalyst that kick-started Jamaica’s track and field supremacy.

The 24-year-old is a heavy favourite to retain his 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea in August.

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