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Athletics Meets Science in London: Jamaica’s Pursuit of Greatness

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July 29, 2017 - 11:00am - July 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

As some of the finest athletes in the world arrive in London for the IAAF World Athletics Championships and excitement reaches fever pitch, it will be a meet tinged with sadness. Those lucky enough to attend this event will witness history as one of the greatest sprinters of all time, the incomparable Usain Bolt, will be hanging up his spikes for the last time. 
 
Bolt’s achievements are vast and unlikely to be challenged for a very long time. Often commentators and journalists alike wonder what makes someone like Usain Bolt a world beater. Taking the question further, it has also been debated about why Jamaica has produced Olympic medalists such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell. What is it about Jamaican athletes that leave their competition in their dust? Is it genetics? Is it biology? Is it environment?
 
This and many other questions will be explored at “Athletics meets science”, a two day event in London led by Researchers from the University of the West Indies and designed to explain Jamaica’s continued dominance on the track.
This one of a kind event will also discuss various factors in physical performance and excellence, from dietary habits to environmental and biometric influences. Attendees can expect an extensive insight into what makes these athletes number one in their respective sports. An extensive discussion of the effects of yams as phytochemicals and bio-sport aids will be explored by a group of experts and graduate students.
 
With topics as wide ranging as the power of psychological mind games, to the prevention of injuries and maintaining the health of elite athletes, this one of a kind event promises to provide a comprehensive understanding and unique insight into how Jamaica has dominated the track and field world.
 
Featuring talks from Dr. Rachael Irving, PHD, (Senior Research Fellow at The University of West Indies and Author of Jamaica Gold - Jamaican Sprinters), Professor Helen Asemota, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry at The University of the West Indies and former Consultant FAO, United Nations, Professor Taku Wakahara, Associate Professor of Doshisha University in Japan and many more, this a not to be missed event.
 
For more Information and to register:  Click Here

Venue: 
University of East London, Stratford Campus

Target Audience: 
General Public

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