The secret of Jamaica's runners

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A photographer catches up with Bolt after his gold-medal win at the London's Olympics
Photo by Hilts uk

Usain Bolt is billed as the fastest man on Earth, and other Jamaicans are right behind him.

This week's 100-meter dash was the third straight victory in that Olympic event for the man now called the fastest on Earth. Fellow Jamaican Elaine Johnson is billed as the fastest woman on Earth. In fact, 19 of the fastest 26 times for 100 meters were run by Jamaicans. How do they do it? Dr. Orlando Patterson is a Jamaican-born American sociologist who teaches at Harvard. He wrote "The Secret of Jamaica's Runners," an op-ed piece for the New York Times.

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Warren Olney