Germaine Mason and Asafa Powell are hanging off a stretch of industrial fencing, their arms straining as they perform leg raises at the MVP athletics track in Kingston, Jamaica. It is early morning but already the sun is blazing and their bodies glisten with sweat.
This is where Jamaica’s top track and field stars – with the exception of Usain Bolt – train. On a small concrete area behind the University of Technology dorms, 30 athletes, male and female, are crowded together, powering through push-ups and crunches.
Some are unknown, others are globally famous, among them the former 100m world record holder Powell, and the Olympic gold medallists Shelly Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker. But they mix as equals….READ MORE