Sprinting star and record holder Usain Bolt led the Jamaican team into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games to signal the official start of Jamaica’s campaign at the XXX Olympiad.
An estimated global audience of one billion watched the Danny Boyle’s epic opening ceremony.
Jamaica was 94th of 204 nations that paraded behind their nations’ flags.
Bolt is a firm favourite during the games as he attempts to retain both his individual titles and help Jamaica keep their 4 x 100m crown.
The men’s 100m’s will take place on 4 August in the Olympic Stadium, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence.
Meanwhile the 200m race will take place three days later on 7 August. The men’s 4 x 100m Relay starts on 10 August.
Commenting on the task ahead, Bolt said: “This is the moment that is going to define my entire life.” He added: “A lot of people say I am a legend, but this is going to define me as a legend.”
Jamaica track team doctor Winston Dawes has revealed that he expects Usain Bolt to be in prime shape to defend his Olympic titles:
“He’s back fully,” Dawes said. “He has been training very, very hard and his performance is on track.
Bolt’s sprint rival Yohan Blake is also expected to reach new heights in London for the Jamaican team.