PHOTOS: Jamaica Day 3
Thousands packed the square, waving Jamaican flags, all wearing green, gold and black.
The crowd grew so large that the police were forced to close all of the streets in the area.
The race was being shown on several big screens in Halfway Tree and the people came to root on their hero, Usain Bolt.
Jason compared the atmosphere to when the Miami Heat won the NBA title. But this is different. The entire country roots for one man, Usain Bolt. He is the most famous Jamaican alive. To say the pride of the country rests on his success is not overstating it. Jamaicans love track and field -- and they really love Bolt.
Because of the incredible passionate crowd, I already had goose bumps and the race hadn't even been run.
But when Bolt stormed to win, I was nearly brought to tears.
I have never witnessed, in person, so much joy from such a large group of people in my life. It was incredible.
The 9.63 seconds it took for Bolt to win gold ranks up there among the most exciting sporting events I have ever seen live.
And no, I didn't have tickets to see the race live in the Olympic Stadium, but I wouldn't trade my spot in the street in Kingston for any of those seats.
Aug. 5 - 12:00 p.m.
By Jason Martinez
This is my 3rd day in Jamaica, a country I had never visited before. First and foremost, I am blown away by the welcoming and united way of life by the Jamaican people. They have treated me and the Local10 crew like family. The combination of beauty and poverty is as contrasting as it gets. My emotions were all over the map yesterday when I visited Mysitc Mountain which is located 700 feet above a beach in the town of Ocho Rios. Incredible views and jaw-dropping beauty. Then we took a 2 hour trip to "nine-mile", the birthplace and burial site of the great Bob Marley. The journey there took us through the villages, neighborhoods and huts that showed that poverty is a sobering reality here. Kids were trying to sell us marijuana outside Marley's mausoleum. No, I didn't buy any. Not a fan of pot.
Still, the spirit and pride of the Jamaican people is alive and well. And I'm proud to say Ive made a few friends along the way.
Aug. 5 - 5:30 a.m.
By Steve Owen, Asst. News Dir.
Driving in Jamaica is terrible. The drivers are crazy (although we have not seen an accident), the roads are brutal and there are not enough of them, and half the time you are sharing them with goats, donkeys or wild horses. Because of this, you are sitting parked in traffic much of the time. Think Aventura traffic times 100.
But when you are covering a story, you have to get there and driving is the only option. Thankfully, we are in the care of Delroy Murray (a spectacular driver). But even with Delroy, it takes forever to get anywhere, so we are used to it by now.
On Saturday, we decided to visit the place where Bob Marley is buried. It was also his boyhood home. The place is called Nine Mile. Delroy said it got its name because it was exactly nine miles from Marley's aunt's home. That's the only place it is close to.
Marley used the very remote estate to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kingston. You couldn't get any further away. After many mountain roads and battles with motion sickness, we made it there.
But the forever drive was worth it.
The landscapes were beautiful.
I was touched by the tour which was very religious in nature. It helped me better appreciate Bob Marley the man.
But what was most interesting to me what was outside the gates of the Marley estate. This area is a shantytown - about as poor as you can get. Dozens of kids and adults grab you as they beg for money. The place has not grown at all despite being home to one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Jamaica.
I asked myself why it was like this, why this town remained this way. But I had no answer. I have noticed there are towns like his all over inland Jamaica.