Kingston Gleaner (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Kingston, Kingston www. jamaica- gleaner. com VOLUME 181 NO. 207 MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015 KINGSTON, JAMAICA 68 PAGES INCLUDING GCT $ 60 André Lowe Special Projects Editor – Sports BEIJING, China: S EVEN. SECOND. Twelve. One. Those were the numbers that mattered as Jamaica wrapped up a successful and historic campaign at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a mixed bag of ecstasy and heartbreak on the last day at the Bird’s Nest. The island closed its account with 12 medals, including a history- making seven gold medals, equalling the most in the nation’s history and a haul that left it in second place on the medal standings – the country’s best placing at these championships. Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill, who returned to Jamaica from China last night, said that the exploits of the athletes in the Asian country have done Brand Jamaicaa huge favour. " What has happened is that there is greater awareness about Jamaica. What has happened is that people like Jamaicans. The team has a lot of personality, and they are looking at it and saying, ' These guys are nice'. I don't think we could have asked for more," the minister said. He said that following the country's dominance in the 2008 edition of the Championships, the Government took the decision to remove visa restrictions to woo Chinese visitors to the country. " It was an opportunity to utilise this sort of popularity to engage the travel industry in China," McNeill said. Only the 13 medals won at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, where Jamaica also won seven gold medals, bettered this Beijing loot, which saw seven gold, two silver, and three bronze as the Jamaicans finished behind Kenya ( 16 medals – seven gold, six silver, three bronze) and in front of the United States ( 18 medals – six gold, six silver, six bronze). Wilson lauded the athletes for their dedication and praised the efforts of the management team and coaches for what he called a special performance. “ It was a long road. It was a Mile- relay women mine gold in big Beijing loot RICARDO MAKYN/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER In solidarity, Pete Matthews ( left), Javon Francis ( centre), and Ricardo Chambers after the men’s 4x400m in which Jamaica finished fourth behind the United States, Trinidad & Tobago, and Great Britain. PLEASE SEE GOLDEN , A2 From left: Shericka Jackson, Christine Day, and Novlene Williams- Mills celebrate gold- medal success in the 4x400 metres.