While Jamaicans were celebrating Usain Bolt's sprint gold medals at the Olympics, its soccer players embarked upon the semifinal stage of the country's World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 tie in Canada.
"We proved that [Jamaicans] are not only good at the 100 and 200 meters but at [soccer] as well," joked Jamaican coach Rene Simoes. Andrew Williams, whose corner kick eventually found its way into the Canadian goal via Pat Onstad for the Jamaican equalizer, said Bolt's 200m world record earlier in the day had helped to fire up the team.
"What Bolt did was a great inspiration for us," said Williams. "We just wanted to make Jamaicans proud of us (too) and I think we achieved that." In the group's other game, Haiti had to score twice in stoppage time to grab a point in the 2-2 tie at home to Suriname.