The Sprinter Factory

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Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20(upbeat music)- Girls' track and field.Yeah, it's serious business in Jamaica.(whistle blowing)We have so many girls wanting to be a partof this great legacy that we have in Jamaica.Watch at: 00:20 / 00:40There's no other school in Jamaica that producesthe amount of athletes going to the Olympicsas St. Jago School.The pressure is immense.The pressure is immense.These kids are hungry.Watch at: 00:40 / 01:00They are from poor families, and they see thisas a vehicle to keep them out of poverty,and you know, to breed success.Soon, and very soon, I'm going to have my Olympic champion.I mean there are a lot of prospects here.Watch at: 01:00 / 01:20I couldn't tell you who's going to make the transition,but first we have the Boys and Girls Champs.(muffled announcing) (horns blowing)I don't think there's any harder high school eventin the world like the Boys and Girls Champs in Jamaica.Watch at: 01:20 / 01:40It's fierce competition over five days.All of these great athletes who have competed at Champs.Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson.At Champs, it was like a platform or a springboardfor them going into their adult or professional career.Watch at: 01:40 / 02:00(fun, bouncy music)- I can say that this football field,it has done me great justice.Watch at: 02:00 / 02:20I can't count on my palms the days, my hands,the days that I've trained over there.During the nights, you know, I'm there running,we don't know where I'm running to, but I'm gettingto the end of that line.Watch at: 02:20 / 02:40I am going to be that Olympic gold medalistin the 400 metre.- These are Okhalia's medals.Most particularly proud of this.This is the 400 gold medal winner from Champs,Boys and Girls Champs.That experience is so overwhelming, I scream, I scream,and I say, go, Okhalia, that's my girl, that's my girl.Watch at: 02:40 / 03:00- [Okhalia] I ran 54.42, that placed me eighth in the worldfor the juniors.- [Announcer] Okhalia Buchanan.- [Okhalia] And I was only 14.Watch at: 03:00 / 03:20- 'Cause she was the smallest one in the pack,they called her little rocket.- The big rocket is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.So, that's the big rocket.- [Narrator] This is what house?- You know, this is where I'm from,so I'm familiar with everybody.(mixed chattering)Yeah, so these are my, I grew up with everybody here.Watch at: 03:20 / 03:40Wha gwan?Growing up, my mother was very poor.We lived in a one room.We had a lot of violence, so most times you comeon this street, you see a lot of police.You can't come out at a certain hour.My mother was an athlete.She got pregnant when she was very young,she dropped out of school, and that was it, you know?Watch at: 03:40 / 04:00And for me, she wanted to make sure thatwhat happened to her didn't happen to me.I remember my mother saying, you know,track and field's your way out.This can be your way out.Watch at: 04:00 / 04:20So you find that for a lot of girls,now more focused than ever because they realiseit's possible for them to become an Olympian,it's possible for them to become morethan their circumstances.- I won't say that my mother is rich,Watch at: 04:20 / 04:40but she tries her best to keep us,to keep us alive and to let us know thatthere's always bigger and better thingsfor the years coming.- Okhalia is not from an affluent background,she's from a low income family with her mother,who is the bread winner, doing as best as she can.(mumbling)Watch at: 04:40 / 05:00For me, that imagination of being an Olympic championin terms of my family, I would ensure that life is good.I'd leave no one behind.(fun, bouncy music)Watch at: 05:00 / 05:20- Okhalia Buchanan, fantastic young athletewho has had some challenges because of injury.She has had a lasting hamstring injurythat thank god we are now getting down to fix it properly.- I have to get continued flush outsWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40so the pain can be removed, as I train daily.- Okhalia, she didn't get to run last yearbecause two weeks before Champs, she got injured.The year before, something similar happened,so I think her soul, her spirit is down.Watch at: 05:40 / 06:00- Track and field, as everyone would say,is an ungrateful sport, but I'm coming backslowly but surely, and time will tell.- I don't think much people out there remember Okhaliabecause she's been three years out of the running.She needs to go there and surprise people now.(upbeat music)Watch at: 06:00 / 06:20- Yes, Okhalia, low squat, go down.Not half squat, right, full squat.Anything has to do with your arms, you've got to be quick.Can't waste much time.Alesha Kelly is our special talent.So, we have some big plans in terms of hergoing to the World Juniors in June, and maybe in the Olympics.I honestly thought that last year,she could have gone to the Olympics, you know,I thought she could have at even a part of the four by four.Watch at: 06:20 / 06:40- [Keilando] Alesha, she has a recent recruit at St Jago,Watch at: 06:40 / 07:00she's a gift to us.- Well, training is very importantbecause all the top schools want to see in peopleis a track and field war.It is very intense, everybody wants to win.Watch at: 07:00 / 07:20But at the end of the day, there only can be one winner.I will bet that St. Jago will be the winner.- [Narrator] So, that's a casualty?- Casualty.After patch her up, I can get her back ready.But she'll be good, she'll be good, she'll be good.(reggae music) (mixed chattering)Watch at: 07:20 / 07:40- I'm currently living in Spanish Town,I've been here for one year.I grew up in Saint Mary.It's about two hours from Spanish Town.- This is where Alesha lived for the past year.I have five boarders here and I have two daughters here,which are mine, there's several girls.Watch at: 07:40 / 08:00Five teenagers, which is just,means it's kinda hectic at times.I love them, Alesha is my girl.She's a very nice girl, very, very nice girl.- Well, my family, you know, they're all over the place.All over.Watch at: 08:00 / 08:20My mom is in Orlando, Florida.Well, I talk to my mom every day.Every single day, so.(reggae music)- At first, she used to like, cry, and sulk away,but I talked to her and I said, Alesha,God gave you this gift to run.It's not where you're from, it's what you intend to doWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40and what you do do with that.Stop looking behind, Alesha, try to look forward.(chanting)(upbeat reggae music)Watch at: 08:40 / 09:00- At Champs, the last five years,we have won four championships.The past Olympics, that was our most successful,we had four Olympians.We have well over 100 girls.Watch at: 09:00 / 09:20And they make up about 70% of the teamfrom the length and breadth of Jamaica.But that's our little dormitory for our female team.And that's where all of our champions sort of,able to develop from.Girls, incredible on this side because we're gonnado work over here.Watch at: 09:20 / 09:40We start to recruit at age 11, 12.The girls want to be at Edwin AllenThey want to be the girls who are the champions,who are born and still exceling.For example, Shellece Clark, Shellece has been championcoming up since age 11, 12.When you go to recruit, they would ask,we are going to go to the same school as Shellece,Watch at: 09:40 / 10:00can we meet her?So, sometimes we probably take her alongso they would meet her and you know,get attracted to her, and want to be a partof our programme as well.(upbeat music) (muffled announcing)- [Narrator] Leading away our first time, a fast game.- In Champs 2015, I participated in the 100 metre,Watch at: 10:00 / 10:20200 metres, and the 400 metre, which I came out withbeing a triple gold medalist.I guess you could say I'm surprised overall becausegrowing up, I wasn't really a fan of track and field.It's pretty shocking.Watch at: 10:20 / 10:40- [Woman] This is where she won three gold medals.Once Champs seasons starts, every paper, we take out.- [Man] Every paper.- Something pertaining to Shellece.When she was about three years old,I noticed she walked on her toe point,Watch at: 10:40 / 11:00and I always wondered, is something wrong with her?I took her to the doctor, and the doctor said no,she's fine.And a friend of mine said, she's going to be a sprinter,that's why she walked on her toe point like that.Watch at: 11:00 / 11:20- Yes, the Olympics gold, yes!Watch at: 11:20 / 11:40- One year at Champs. - Be confident.Probably 20, 2020?- 2020. - 2020, yeah.2020, we're looking for it.Watch at: 11:40 / 12:00(upbeat music)(banging)Watch at: 12:00 / 12:20(mixed announcing and horns blowing)Watch at: 12:20 / 12:40- I would imagine roughly 50 coaches come down hereto recruit some of these athletes.One of the reasons why I recruit hereis because the kids here are a lot more hungry.The opportunities are more scarce here,so they're trying to run themselves outinto a better situation.Watch at: 12:40 / 13:00(muffled announcing and horns blowing)- I think Champs is the reason that Jamaicantrack and field athletes for a populationof only three million people are so dominant.What these kids go through in terms of the pressureWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20and handling the pressure, it gets them readyfor a bigger stage when they go onWhen they go on to the world championships or the Olympic games.They've been brought up in this atmosphere,they're ready for it, and you can see a result.(mixed chattering)Watch at: 13:20 / 13:40(cheering)- This year, I've endured a lot of challenges.Watch at: 13:40 / 14:00I've had an hamstring problem since last year,but I guess it progressed into this year and it got worse.Monday when I got here, I found out that I wouldn't bedoing the 100 metre, so it kinda threw me off, but yeah.Patrice will be replacing me in the 100 metre.Watch at: 14:00 / 14:20- [Announcer] From Edwin Allen, Patrice Moody.- They learn from now that you have to work hardeach year in order to maintain the top position,and any time, any moment, you can be kicked awayfrom that top position by someone else.Watch at: 14:20 / 14:40Shellece will only be running the relay.You know, I know that Shellece is disappointed,but I don't work with sentiments.It doesn't matter what you have done in the past,track and field is all about history,it is what you've done on the day.(horn blowing) (muffled announcing)Watch at: 14:40 / 15:00I expected her to run the 100mBut she didn't, so we're still here supporting herShe'll be running the four by one(hip hop instrumental)(horn blowing) (muffled announcing)Watch at: 15:00 / 15:20- Run, run!- [Announcer] This is Shellece Clark with a slight fumbleby Edwin Allen, that allows Excelsior to sneakup on the outside, but Shellece Clark gets backinto contention.- Shellece!Run, Shellece!Shellece!Watch at: 15:20 / 15:40Shellece!Run, Shellece!Shellece, run!- [Announcer] Edwin Allen, from Clarendon, turnand goes away for the gold medal.(muffled announcing)Watch at: 15:40 / 16:00A gold medal, yeah- Yeah.(mixed chattering)- I saw her make it and that was it.You understand me, go out and do your thing today, Okhalia.- The next Jamaican sensation, look at her now.Look at that, the mommy there.- Yeah, okay, love.Watch at: 16:00 / 16:19(mixed chattering)(mixed chattering)- She out here doing it for us.- Everybody's out here supporting me right now,and I'm very thankful.(mixed chattering)Ever since I've been running, they have been supporting meWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40even though I was Injured, they would ask me like,when am I coming back, when am I gonna turn back.I'm ready to go out there, compete at my best.- [Narrator] You are the best.- Thank you.And do whatever it is that takes me to the finals.Oh, Jesus.(contemplative music)- After yesterday's performance, Okhalia was a little bitWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00shaky in terms of self confidence, and we're trying to seeif we can get back to the stage where there is the Okhaliaof three years ago.She ran a beautiful 350 metres at the race,and then coming down to the end, she died.She ran a 57, we need Okhalia to run at least a 55to be guaranteed a spot going into the final.Watch at: 17:00 / 17:20So, it's two seconds off.This year would have been the year, she has been workingvery hard, but coming back from the type of injury,she has had two hamstring injuries back to back,and we don't want to be unrealistic in saying,oh, she's gonna just suddenly run at 52 or 53.(mixed chattering)Watch at: 17:20 / 17:40- These girls are very excited about this championship.You know?You are competing against the best of the best,so this is the thing that overseas schools look at,they don't look at any other thing.Watch at: 17:40 / 18:00This is my final year.I'm here to do big things, great, great things.I'm determined of everything that I do,so it's gonna be competitive, yes,but I don't think it's gonna be very hard for me to win.(horns blowing)- [Announcer] Joins her, Alesha Kelly presses on the gas,Watch at: 18:00 / 18:20so she wants to secure the win, and she does.She passed her best time going into the semi finals- [Announcer] So, on track now, girls 400 metressemi final round.In lane five from St. Jago, Alesha Kelly.Watch at: 18:20 / 18:40In lane two, from Wolmers, Okhalia Buchanan.(banging)So, here we go, and Alesha Kelly of St. Jagois kind of like the bullet from a gun.Onto the back stretch on the outside,Watch at: 18:40 / 19:00Setania Wright, also travelling fast.So is Ranesha McGregor of Hydel,St. Jago's Alesha Kelly, and Satania Wright.Also going well on the outside, Okhalia Buchananof Wolmer's is trying to get back to the party.It's Alesha McGregor all by herself from Hydel,away from Alesha Kelly of St. Jago.McGregor, she come across the line first.Watch at: 19:00 / 19:20Alesha Kelly slowing down rapidly,but gets across the line in second just aheadof Satania Wright and Myesha Bonds of Stethsand Edwin Allen respectively.(contemplative music)- I can only hope that from here on,I can only improve and not go back to square one.Watch at: 19:20 / 19:40As coach says, the race isn't who comes first but who endures,that's what I'll see, it's not the end of me.- I think Jamaica pushes some of these athletes too hard,especially with the talented ones.Watch at: 19:40 / 20:00A lot of these kids are doing a lot of work in training.Some of them get injured, and the schools and the coachestend not be proactive with injury management.And we see them come into Champs and aggravate an injury.There's a lot of talent in Jamaica.Watch at: 20:00 / 20:20Some of the coaches feel it's just a matterof moving on to the next.So, they don't have to take the time to dealwith injuries correctly because there is always someonewaiting in the wings.- [Announcer] It is McGregor, following Kelly Winter.Williams coming now on the inside,Watch at: 20:20 / 20:40Williams of Steths taking aim, but on the outside,it is Kelly Williams fighting back.Williams and Kelly.Stacy and Williams of Steths.Great run there by Kelly of St. Jago,but Stacy Williams just made it home.Watch at: 20:40 / 21:00- Talent pool in Jamaica, every year, one set graduates,the next year, it's just some other persons pop upWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20Even when Elaine comes, and Shelly-Ann Fraser Price retires,I don't think we'll have a problem replacing thembecause the talent pool in Jamaica is almost likea spring or a fountain, and we're looking forward togiving the world their next big female faceof track and field.(orchestral music)Watch at: 21:20 / 21:40(horns blowing)(upbeat music)

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  1. Read between the lines… track fans. What the documentary is really saying is : Jamaican athletes have a very high injury rate amongst poor children. An Olympic ban on jamaican athletes will prevent poor children from being "exploited" in hopes of making it out the ghettos of Jamaica. America and the British are tierd of competing against young, hungry lions in Jamaica.

  2. It's a factory, but with lots of talent left behind. Malnutritioned and over trained. There's always new meat waiting for the grinder when others get sidelined by injury there are 5 others waiting to take their spot. For a few lucky once it's the only way out.

  3. Go Vegan you’ll hardly get those king of injuries, check the relationship between what you and your Endothelium, you ain’t dilating properly because of what you eat

  4. I walk on my toes a bit and as a kid my mom took me to multiple neurologists in Mexico who said it was brain damage. I was also a sprinter in high school.

  5. Vere technical high produced the most Olympians not St. Jago high… Vere technical high produced athletes like Merlene Ottey Beverly McDonald Veronica Campbell Brown Simone Facey Shericka Jackson and the list goes on

  6. The F’in Jamaican Government can’t do better than that garbage of a country? As much tourism that goes on there one wonders what the heck their government does with the money. They obviously don’t do much for their Citizens. Bad management of a country.

  7. Yesss I keep telling people Jamaica doesn’t play when it comes to track when was in Jamaica one summer my moms friend was asking if I’d like to run for Jamaica cause he heard I was fast

  8. Yes Jamaicans are my favorite olympians. Blessed are the poor who work so very hard. I luv you❤ Jamaica, go conquer the world, reach the stars!!!
    -Kimi (Malaysia)

  9. Look at jamaica we dont have much but we are rich in sprit and rich in the mind just stay focus we can do it other country s always looking at us as i always say we may not win all the races but once were in the race we will push you..hard….


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