Last night the spectacular Olympic Games came to an end. From start to finish this was a Games to be remembered - a Games filled with outstanding performances from athletes performing beyond their very best.
While the USA, China and Great Britain topped the medals table, tiny Grenada, with a population of just 110,000, won the most medals per capita. Kirani James took the country's first gold medal for the men's 400m, making his country proud. In fact, James became the first non-US athlete to run the 400m in under 44 seconds. The Spice Isle's Prime Minister declared a national holiday and named a street after him.
As Jamaica prepared to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence, now legendary Usain Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both the 100 and 200m sprint titles in an Olympic Games and set a new world record in the 4x100m relay. In a triumphant triple win compatriots Yohan Blake and Warren Weir took silver and bronze in the 200m respectively. Team Jamaica takes home 12 medals in total.
|Kirani James wins Grenada's first gold, image courtesy of London 2012|
Cuba won the most medals of all Caribbean islands, taking home 14 in total. La Isla Grande ranked 16th overall in the medal count.
With Trinidad & Tobago taking a gold for the javelin, the Dominican Republic winning the men's 400m hurdles and the Bahamas storming to victory in the 4x400m relay, the London 2012 has truly provided an opportunity for the Caribbean islands we love so much to shine brightly on the world stage.
It was not certainly not just about the medal winners either. Athletes from across the Caribbean proudly represented their nations and performed admirably.
Congratulations to all!
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