Journey with me as I tell you the true tale of how a natural supplement helped to spawn a new generation of devastating sprinters from a tiny island in the Caribbean.
When it came to watching track and field growing up, it always seemed as if being first place was very elusive for the Jamaican sprinters. I can remember many Silver and Bronze performances, but very few gold. We have heard all the stories of greats such as Arthur Wint, George Rhoden and Don Quarrie doing great things sporadically over the last 70 years, but still no real dominance. Between the years of 1976 and 2004 Jamaica only won ONE single athletic gold medal ( Deon Hemmings, 400m Hurdles 1996).
In 2005, from out of nowhere, a young Jamaican named Asafa Powell smashed the 100m world record, lowering it to 9.77 seconds at a small meet in Athens. This was a very surprising performance because a few months earlier at the 2004 Olympics he came finished at disappointing fifth.
So, what was a contributing factor to this new burst of speed displayed by Asafa Powell?
According to Asafa’s brother Donovan, Asafa was complaining that he felt too drained towards the end of his training sessions. He recommended to Asafa the Nutrilite Daily vitamin supplement. After using the products, Asafa was able to power through entire workouts without feeling drained. You can see Asafa explain it here.
What was the net effect on Jamaica?
In 2007 Asafa powell went on to break the 100m world record again (9.74s) after having a dominant 2006 season. These performances by Asafa Powell shifted the consciousness of Jamaican youth as they now realized that they had the natural talent to be world class sprinters. Asafa Powell was largely responsible for this new belief. More young students started taking an interest in the sport. There was less focus on football (soccer) and cricket as the youth of this generation started to embrace track and field.
The first star of this new Jamaican sprinting generation was Usain Bolt, who currently the greatest sprinter of all time. Usain bolt has since demolished Asafa’s 100m world record (lowered to 9.58s) and has also broken Micheal Johnson’s long standing 200m record (19.19s). Not to mention a total of 6 gold medals over the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Bolt has further shifted the consciousness of the younger generation and we see it in the fact that over the recently held 2013 high school track and field championship in Jamaica, over 30 records were broken (absolutely unheard of). I personally witnessed a 13 year old kid run 100 meters in 10.93 seconds. It is an exciting time for sprinting in Jamaica as formalized training is now taking place from a younger age and kids are eager to learn. Evidence of this is starting to show it’s head with the likes of Yohan Blake who is the second fastest man of all time behind Bolt in the 100m and 200m at the age of 22. Jamaica is also the home of female sprinter Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, gold medalist in the 100m over the last two Olympics.
To put all this into perspective, over the nine year period 2004 to 2013, Jamaica has already accumulated 12 Olympic Track and Field gold medals, compared to just 5 gold medals between 1948 and 2004.
I am not saying that Nutrilite Vitamins are the root cause of Jamaican’s recent successes on the track, but it is safe to say that in the year 2005, there was a spark that is now causing a huge fire. Nutrilite Vitamins was a component of this spark. These supplements helped to transform Asafa Powell into the most dominant sprinter of his time, which transformed the minds of many young Jamaican athletes including current world sensations Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce. Jamaica is now called the sprint factory of the world and we are still less than ten years into this new Sprinting era caused largely in part by Asafa Powell. The future is indeed bright for Jamaican athletics.
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