Jamaica proving it is 'irie'

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

"Irie" is the Jamaican term for "excellent quality."

Even though they were half a world away from each other, Usain Bolt and the Jamaican national soccer team were hearing that word a lot yesterday.

In the morning, Bolt set a world record by winning the gold medal in the 200-metres at the Beijing Olympics. The feat came just days after he earned the title as the world's fastest man by capturing the 100-metre event.

Last night, the island's national soccer squad gave the folks back in Jamaica even more to cheer about by snatching a valuable road point in a 1-1 draw against Canada at BMO Field.

"We proved that (Jamaicans) are not only good at the 100 and 200 metres but at (soccer) as well," Jamaican coach Rene Simoes said, tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Andrew Williams, whose corner kick eventually found its way into the Canadian goal in the 52nd minute, said Bolt's accomplishment earlier in the day helped fire up the team.

"What Bolt did was a great inspiration for us," Williams said. "We just wanted to make Jamaicans proud of us (too) and I think we achieved that."

In the end, it was one of the most memorable sporting days in the history of Jamaica.

Canada, on the other hand, could not make the same claim -- at least when it comes to soccer.


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