Jamaican athletes too big for their beds


The men's 100 metres final is one of the most eagerly awaited events at the 2012 Olympic Games. With all eyes expected to be on Usain Bolt, many would be surprised to know that Bolt and the other Jamaican athletes, as well as the athletes from the United States, will be housed in Birmingham University during the games.

School Reporters from Holyhead School in Handsworth visited the university site to inspect its facilities. And they were able to confirm a rumour that the university has been asked to provide extra long beds because some of the team were so tall.

Visiting the local community centre the School Reporters were assured that the Jamaican athletes would have a warm welcome when they arrived. Local people described what having the athletes close by means to them, and some even recorded a special message for Usain Bolt.

School Report is an annual BBC project which helps young people make their own news reports for a real audience.

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