Usain BOLT streaked to 100 metres Olympic gold at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday thanks to yam power, his father said.
Wellesley Bolt said his son was partial to the vegetable grown in the north-western area of Jamaica where the sprinter was born.
“It is definitely the Trelawny yam,” Bolt senior said seconds after his son smashed the world record on the way to landing the biggest gold medal in sport.
The yam grown in the parish Trelawny is one of the staples that has made the area famous. It is sold in huge volumes here and much of it is exported.
“I spoke to him about two days ago and told him that I was getting nervous and he said ‘don’t worry Dad, I am going to win this one for you’,” Wellesley said from his home.