At the recent Commonwealth Games, Jamaica chalked up a remarkable score by winning every single sprint event!
It was all the more impressive given the small size of the population (2.7 million). So how come there are so many fast runners?
Well, if you also look at Jamaica’s ranking in the murder per capita table, you might get a clue. Note that the data is very out of date (2000). Jamaica’s murder tally in 2005 was almost 1700, or almost double the number used in the table (887), leading some to speculate that Jamaica had jumped to the top spot in the murder league.
The source of the sprinters’ success then is that Jamaicans know from a young age and from much experience that at the sound of gunshot …