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Bolt’s heartland of Sherwood Content erupts in celebration

'A yah so nice!'

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter

Monday, August 06, 2012    

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SHERWOOD CONTENT, Trelawny — Wild celebrations broke out across this small community after their most celebrated native, Usain Bolt finished ahead of a strong field in the 100 metres final at the London Olympics yesterday.

"To the world! I am on top of the world. I am floating," Bolt's aunt Lilian Bolt exclaimed in jubilation shortly after the race.

"From I see him move out in the heats I say yes, he is ready. And the semi-finals... gosh man he was there. He delivered," she said.

When her flesh and blood blew away the field in a quick 9.63 seconds for an Olympic record, Lilian broke out into wild celebration, dancing to the beat of Mackie Conscious' song entitled Bolt, which was recorded after the phenomenon sprinter's victory at the Olympics in Beijing, China, four years ago.

Meanwhile, Bolt's uncle Andrew Davis said he was confident that his nephew would better the field, especially following his effortless performance in the two qualifying races leading up to the final.

"I was not thinking he would have lowered his world record, but with the ease and comfort with which he did the heats and semis, I knew he would win convincingly," an elated Davis said.

Meanwhile, Lillian who watched the race from her house, was joined shortly after by cheering members of the community, mostly decked out in the black, green and gold national colours, some beating pot covers, singing and dancing.

However, the celebration was not confined to Sherwood Content as a spontaneous motorcade wormed from the community into Falmouth, the parish capital, nine miles away.

"A so the ting go, a yah so nice," one cheerful supporter was heard shouting in the historic Water Square in Falmouth.

"Lightning strike twice," another jubilant supporter shouted as he mimicked Bolt's famous To The World pose.

In the meantime, Lilian, Bolt's aunt, says her nephew is without a doubt a track and field legend now.

She also argued that Bolt's first-place finish and Yohan's Blake's runner-up performance in the race, which followed Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's gold, and Veronica Campbell Brown's bronze over a similar distance in the women's 100 metres on Saturday, set the tone for the nation's 50th year of Independence.

Lillian was, however, critical of the athlete's detractors who accused him of partying too much.

"I believe he has a life to live. I mean money is not all you know. You have to enjoy it. I don't say he must overdo it, but do what he has to do," she argued.

"If he was someone who was weak in faith he would give up. Sometimes when me hear the comments, they grieve me but God a God," she said.

Lilian called upon the government to consider Bolt as a national treasure.

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