Jamaica’s political leaders have hailed sprint king Usain Bolt for his third consecutive victory in the 100 metres at the Olympic Games.
Bolt, who turns 30 on Sunday, became the first person to win three consecutive Olympic 100m titles after he clocked 9.81 seconds in Rio, successfully defending the title he won at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Bolt’s indomitable spirit and focus, inspire not only Jamaicans but millions of people all over the world.
“Bolt has etched his name as the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen. Jamaica is fortunate to have a son who inspires so many and ensures our country continues to be the sprint capital of the world.”
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller said Bolt has enshrined his name in history as one of the greatest athletes of all times.
“Usain Bolt exemplifies the best of sportsmanship. He is a worthy recipient of the highest accolades and a global ambassador of true talent, dignity and integrity in sports,” Simpson Miller said.
“He continues to inspire Jamaicans and other people across the globe to embrace their heritage, identify their passions and pursue their dreams relentlessly,” she added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness said that the Government will, after the games, reveal an appropriate initiative to honour all the athletes who have competed on the world stage and brought such tremendous pride to the nation.
Olivia Grange, the country’s sports minister, has already begun planning a welcome home reception for the team.
“Jamaica will truly honour Bolt and the rest of the team for what they have achieved,” she said.