If history has anything to do with the outcome of this week’s US presidential elections, the key to who will win may very well rest with the holder of the 100-metre sprint title, Mr. Usain Bolt.

Traditionally, the United States has been the king of this event. This changed in  1976, when the Trinidadian Hasley Crawford became the first Caribbean sprinter to win a gold medal and since then, there has been an intense battle between American and Caribbean athletes.

The American writer Edward McClelland researched this and discovered that every year an American has won the Olympics 100 metres men’s gold medal, a Republican has been nominated at that fall’s presidential race.

Every time a sprinter born in the Caribbean has won, a Democrat has become president.


Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is now considered the King of the sprints and his victory in 2008 coincided with Obama’s victory.

Below is a list in order of 100m winners and the prospective candidates that were chosen as president:

1976:

100-metre winner: Hasely Crawford, Trinidad and Tobago

Presidential winner: Jimmy Carter, Democrat

1980:

N/A: US boycotted the Olympics

1984:

100-metre winner: Carl Lewis, United States

Presidential winner: Ronald Reagan, Republican

1988:

100-metre winner: Carl Lewis, United States

Presidential winner: George Bush, Republican

1992:

100-metre winner: Linford Christie, Great Britain (born in Jamaica)

Presidential winner: Bill Clinton, Democrat

1996:

100-metre winner: Donovan Bailey, Canada (born in Jamaica)

Presidential winner: Bill Clinton, Democrat

2000:

100-metre winner: Maurice Greene, United States

Presidential winner: George W. Bush, Republican

2004:

100-metre winner: Justin Gatlin, United States

Presidential winner: George W. Bush, Republican

2008:

100-metre winner: Usain Bolt, Jamaica

Presidential winner: Barack Obama, Democrat

2012:

100-metre winner: Usain Bolt, Jamaica

Presidential winner: To be decided



                     


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If history has anything to do with the outcome of this week's US presidential elections, the key to who will win may very well rest with the holder of the 100-metre sprint title, Mr. Usain Bolt.Traditionally, the United States has been the king of this event. This changed in...

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