The men's 4x100 m relay race capped off the Caribbean showing at the London Olympics. By the official close of the games the final tally for the countries of the Caribbean region stood at 18 with seven gold, four silver and seven bronze.
Usain Bolt flew across the finish line Saturday to lead the Jamaican men to a new world record of 36.84 seconds in the 4x100 m relay it was a perfect way to close our a 12-medal haul for the Jamaican contingent. Team Jamaica acquired a perfect set of four each of the gold, silver and bronze medals in these games, captured primarily by their track and field team.
While all eyes were on the superstar sprinter, who confirmed his dominance by retaining his Olympic titles from last year and silencing speculation that teammate Yohan Blake could cause of the games' biggest upsets; other CARICOM nations were quietly making history on the tracks.
Another tall, lanky runner in the form of Kirani James powered home in the 400-m race to bring his island Grenada its first ever Olympic gold medal.
The 19-year-old from the Granadian fishing village of Gouyave not only delivered a gold medal, but a half-day holiday for his people as the Grenadian government declared that the nation could have the afternoon off last Thursday after James won his race.
Also, benefitting from a national holiday will be the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar declared in an address to the nation that there would be a national holiday to celebrate the country's best performance ever at an Olympic games.
Trinidad and Tobago ended this year's games with a medal tally of one gold and three bronze medals. The gold medal was won in spectacular fashion by another Caribbean 19-year-old, Kershorn Walcott, who did cause one of the biggest upsets of the games.
The javelin thrower not only gave the twin island-republic its second ever Olympic gold medla, but he also amazed the world by snatching victory away from his easter European competitors to be the first person from the western hemisphere to win gold in that event in the past 60 years.
Also making their mark in history was the Bahamian 4x400 m relay team. Winning their nation's only medal at the 2012 Olypmics.