Jamaica During London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
Photographer Ricardo Makyn was among the hundreds of photographers inside the venue to capture the sights, scenes and smiles as athletes from 205 countries paraded before The Queen, dignitaries from around the world and thousands of sporting fans.
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Jamaica’s flag bearer Usain Bolt holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt leads Team Jamaica onto the Olympic track
Double Olympic record holder Usain Bolt then emerged with the Jamaican flag waving in the evening skies.
The spectacular opening ceremony, being witnessed by over 60,000 spectators at the London Olympic Stadium, heralds the start of the 30th Olympiad in the British capital.
Jamaica was the 94th country to march into the stadium.
Some 205 teams will parade on the tracks this evening.
Jamaica’s team members marched into the stadium in their Cedella Marley-designed gear which was voted one of the best by TIMES magazine recently.
Bolt, who will be defending his 100m and 200m titles before teaming up with his Jamaican colleagues to try and repeat their world record-breaking performance in the 4×100m relays, was yesterday announced as the country’s flag-bearer at the Jamaican Olympic team’s press conference at Puma’s ‘Jamaica Yard’, which is located in the popular Brick Lane area of East London.
Said a smiling Usain Bolt: “Carrying the flag is a huge honour for me. For my country, I would do anything because I really love Jamaica and couldn’t live anywhere else.”
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller poses with (from left) Mike Fennell, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA); Aloun Assamba, Jamaica’s high commissioner to London; and JOA Vice-President Don Anderson at the Olympic Village inside the Olympic Park.
“I know I’m biased but Jamaica is the best dressed country in the parade I’ve seen this far,”