Olivia_GrangeAugust 24 - Jamaica will be even more powerful by the time of London 2012 than they were at the World Championships in Berlin, the country's Sports Minister Olivia Grange (pictured) has predicted.

Jamaica finished second overall in the medals table in the German capital behind only the United States with a total of 13 medals, seven of which were gold, including three won by Usain Bolt.

It surpassed even their total at the Olymics in Beijing last year when they won 11 medals, six of them gold, when they had finished behind the US and Russia.

Grange said: "This is our best performance yet at an international event.

"But our talent base shows that there is much more in the tank and we are preparing well for the future.

"We have the Commonwealth Games [in New Delhi' next year, another World Championships [in Daegu in 2011] after that and the London Olympic Games in 2012.

"We will continue to build on our strengths and we will be a dominant force in track and field for many years to come."

Jamaica's medals were all won in the sprints but the country is trying to strengthen in other areas, particularly the field events and the middle-distances before London 2012.

Grange said: "There are some areas that we have to work on, primarily our field and middle distance events and we will be placing strong emphasis on these areas in the coming months.

"While here [in Berlin], I met with the German Minister with responsibility for Sport, Dr. Wolfgang Schauble, and he expressed a desire for co-operation between the two countries in sports development.

"He stated specifically that Germany would be willing to assist Jamaica with field events.

"The Kenyan Minister of Sports also invited us to send athletes to Kenya to train for the middle and longer distances.

"We hope to have a stronger presence in disciplines, other than the sprints at the 2012 Games."

Bolt, who set world records in the 100  and 200 metres and was part of the team that won the 4x100m relay, may have dominated the headlines but Grange also praised the team's other athletes, including Shelly-Ann Fraser, who won the women's 100m.

She said: "Every athlete who competed here is special.

"Some did not make it to the finals and some got there, but did not win a medal.

"We are proud of every one of them.

"When they take to the track in the black, gold and green, they ignite the passions of our great nation.

"They show the world who we are and who we can be.

"Jamaica is greater for their excellence."