Thursday 18 October, 2018

POLL: Grade Jamaica's performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

England's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, left, leads South Africa's Akani Simbine, second left, Australia's Josh Clarke and Jamaica's Yohan Blake, right, to win the men's 4x100 relay at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

England's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, left, leads South Africa's Akani Simbine, second left, Australia's Josh Clarke and Jamaica's Yohan Blake, right, to win the men's 4x100 relay at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

National track and field coach, Michael Carr reportedly gave the Jamaican team a "passing grade" for its performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Jamaica won a record 27 medals (seven gold, eight silver and 12 bronze) at the Games, with the island winning gold in non-traditional events including the women's 3,000-metre steeple chase, the women's shot put and triple jump, and men's discus throw.

Still, despite the record haul, the team left the Gold Coast with many observers questioning the performance particularly due to what has been deemed a disappointing display in its pet sprinting events.

Jamaica's Aisha Praught reacts after winning the 3000m steeple-chase at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The Jamaican track team, which featured the world's fastest active sprinter and the women's Olympic 100 and 200-metre champion, was shut out of the gold medals in the sprints.

After Yohan Blake anchored Jamaica's 4x100-metre relay team to bronze, sprint legend Usain Bolt took to social media to openly question if he'd retired too early.

While some have pointed to the strong showing in the field events and long distances as a good sign, sports commentator Oral Tracey in his Jamaica Gleaner column on Monday said it "should be of little or no comfort".

Tracey specifically describes as "worrying" the performances of the male sprinters.

"It is undeniable that the success of the Usain Bolt era has spoilt Jamaicans into taking that special generation of super talented athletes and their brilliance for granted. However, it could also be argued that we must continue to set for ourselves high standards. It cannot be that genuine downtime in our pet events becomes acceptable due to success in other areas," Tracey wrote.

Against this background, Loop Jamaica wants to hear the opinions of our readers. Share your thoughts in the poll below and comments section.

What grade would you give Jamaica's performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games?

A
35%
B
37%
C
23%
D
2%
E
0%
F
2%