London 2012 Track and Field: Jamaica's World Record Proves Sprinters Are Elite

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As the 2012 London Games are quickly coming to a close, the Jamaicans have once again proven that they have the best sprinters on the planet.

In their final event of the Games, the Jamaicans broke a world record in the 4x100 meter relay, finishing with a time of 36.84 seconds, thus topping their own record.

The race was close until the end with the Americans hot on their trail, but it was Usain Bolt doing what he does best and smoking the competition, namely American Ryan Bailey to the finish line.

The results of this latest race were the proper culmination to what was an impressive showing throughout by Jamaican sprinters.

Bolt once again dominated his key events in these Games and took home three gold medals in all. Before the games started, it was thought that another Jamaican runner, Yohan Blake could actually top Bolt.

While that didn't exactly happen in these Games, Blake did prove he is one of the best runners on the planet. After all, his two silver medals in London were both a result of Bolt running incredibly impressive races.

There is no shame in losing to a legendary track star like Bolt and that fact should be taken into consideration when talking about Blake's performance in the Summer Olympics. If there was no Bolt, Blake's silver medals would have been gold instead.

So it's clear Jamaica has the two best runners in the world, a distinction no country holds and it isn't even close. To have one elite runner is a good thing, but to have two great runners is nothing short of exceptional.

Putting it altogether in the 4x100m on Saturday, there was no chance the Jamaicans could be beat having two great runners in their midst. On top of that, what's more impressive is how as a team, Jamaica still blew away the competition adding two other sprinters not named Blake and Bolt.

When it comes to sprinters, nobody does it like Jamaica. The 2016 Games are still four years away, but it's safe to say that as sure as the Sun rises, Jamaica will continue to dominate these events.