JIS News

Prime Minister P.J. Patterson yesterday (August 15), offered congratulations to members of the national athletics team for their historic performance at the 10th International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athletics Championships, which concluded in Helsinki, Finland, on Sunday, August 14.
Mr. Patterson, who is on an official visit to New York, noted that the “performance of our team in Helsinki during the World Championships of athletics is deserving of the highest commendation”.
“We did extremely well, although understandably there were some disappointment that we did not win the quality of medals that we had anticipated, but that is part of the excitement of competition in the field of sports,” the Prime Minister added.
His sentiments were shared by Consul General, Dr. Basil K. Bryan and businessman, Byron LaBeach, a member of Jamaica’s gold medal mile relay team to the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympic Games.
Dr. Bryan said the team’s performance gave true meaning to the phrase, “We little but we tallawah”. He noted that the entire Jamaican community overseas was elated that despite Jamaica’s geographic size, its athletic strength is world class.
“I’m not at all surprised at the team’s performance and as expected, we were among the top (five) teams in terms of total medals. Congratulations to all the members of the team for keeping our flag majestically on high,” Dr. Bryan said.
Mr. LaBeach said that the team did an excellent job of representing ‘little’ Jamaica under less than ideal circumstances in Helsinki, Finland. “For a small country as Jamaica, the result is just excellent,” he said.
Jamaica ended the meet with a record eight medals – one gold, five silver and two bronze – including its first ever gold medal in a field event, won by Trecia Smith in the triple jump.