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A new Caribbean Cold War: Jamaican sprinters

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If America had a Cuban missile crisis, can it have a Jamaican sprinter crisis?

Is President Bush even now considering a blockade of Kingston harbor to ensure that the reggae runners are never again dispatched to an international meet?

For 12 days, American angst has focused on the host nation almost lapping us in the gold medal race. Tonight confirmed the greater immediate danger much closer to home.

Since the sprinting program began Friday, the Jamaicans have treated America less kindly than Nikita Khrushchev treated his shoe, winning the men’s 100 meters, sweeping the women’s 100 meters, and now taking the men’s 200 meters.

What medals has China taken from the US? Two gymnastics medals, tops, and perhaps a few others sprinkled here and there.

Jamaica has launched a sortie of missiles clad in banana-colored tracksuits directly toward the America's Olympic heart.

Tonight, a matter of minutes after another Usain Bolt struck – winning the 200 meters in world-record time – another Jamaican, Melanie Walker, raced past another American, Sheena Tosta, in a race Walker confesses she has always hated, the 400 meter hurdles.


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