Jamaica has a long history of success at global athletic events. The athletic events during the Olympic Games is the biggest athletic stage. Usain Bolt has already written his name into the history books and the heart of the world with his historic triple-triple with the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at three consecutive Olympics.

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Spotlight on Aska Cambridge

Japan trailed only the United States in the heats of the 4x100m with a season best and national record of 37.68 and my pre-Olympics discovery of Aska Cambridge had me tweeting up a storm about it during the 100m rounds. Japan went on to go even faster in the finals setting an Asian record of 37.60 seconds to beat out the US, Canada and Great Britain. The whole Japan relay team did well but more and more people learning that Aska was half Jamaican and his fanbase grew exponentially. Aska himself stated after the race:

“I may have Jamaican blood but I was brought up in Japan, and trained in Japan,” Cambridge said. “I am called ‘Japanese Bolt’ but I need to be quicker to be called that.”

 

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Japan’s relay team, Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu and Jamaican-born Aska Cambridge

I’m already imaging myself at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Can I make it to Japan? Meet Aska Cambridge? Enjoy the fireworks as Jamaica blazes across the track? Let’s wait and see.

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