Jamaica’s three medal winners in yesterday’s Olympic men’s 200m finals — Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Warren Weir — were yesterday congratulated by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and the island’s two major political parties.
“They have made us proud and are the toast of the world this evening,” Holness said.
Bolt successfully defended his 200m crown, while Blake placed second and Weir third for a Jamaican clean sweep.
Holness said that Bolt has written yet another chapter in the annals of track and field and sporting history. “So emphatic is the stamp he has placed on the sprints at the Beijing and London Olympics, that there can be no denying that Bolt has cemented himself as a legend of the game and a true exponent of sporting genius,” said Holness.
The governing People’s National Party (PNP) said it was beyond itself with excitement.
“It was indeed a historic moment as Usain Bolt successfully defended his title, recapturing the gold medal in 19.32 secs and Yohan Blake’s continued top performance has rewarded him with yet another silver medal in a time of 19.44 secs,” said the PNP. “The party is ecstatic about the performance by the now legendary Warren Weir, who took the bronze in a time of 19.84 secs, a personal best.”
Opposition spokeswoman on youth, sports, gender affairs, entertainment and culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, paid tribute to the three athletes and suggested that the tabling of the National Sports Policy would be a timely gesture of appreciation.
“It was indeed an honour and a privilege as a Jamaican to experience one of our greatest moments of triumph on the track,” she said.
“We had no doubt from 2008 that Bolt was a man apart, and that his vast talent was superior to any of his current competitors. Today, I am happy that he has proved us right and that the rest of world can now acknowledge what we have known for so many years,” she said.
“Earlier this year when others were concerned, I had no doubt that Bolt would continue to make us proud. Even more than that, I was confident that not only would we have won the gold,w but we would have taken the silver and bronze, as well,” Grange added.