The Jamaicans of London have got their soul food sizzling, their Red Stripe on ice and their expectations sky high.
They're ready for what they hope will be a solid-gold weekend celebration featuring Usain Bolt and other world-class sprinters from their Caribbean island nation.
''Jamaicans are very optimistic. We almost see this as a home game,'' said Clive Saunders, a community leader for the nearly 1 million Britons of Jamaican descent, most of whom are preparing late-night parties in London parks, Olympic venues and homes for the women's 100-meter finals Saturday and the men's 100 meter Sunday.
At the last Olympics four years ago, Jamaican sprinters cemented their status as the world's fastest. The women took all three medals, while Bolt set a new world record, a mark he's bettered since. This time Jamaicans are hoping for an even more dominant show, with Jamaican women positioned for a second clean sweep and Yohan Blake hot on Bolt's he...