Olympic athletes feted in style

Wednesday, October 17, 2012    

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JAMAICA's athletes were honoured with a musical tribute befitting heroes at the National Arena on Monday for their exploits at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, as well as other dignitaries, presented the more than 50 athletes who competed in the Games with monetary rewards during a two-and-a-half-hour concert

Among the performing acts were musical legends Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor, and pop heroes Beenie Man and Konshens.

Usain Bolt, who won gold in the men's 100m and 200m and was also part of the men's world record 4x100m team, earned the lion's share of the prizes. Yohan Blake secured $675,000 for each of his silver medals.

Other monetary awards included $500,000 to each of the bronze medallists. Those making a final earned $350,000 while each participant will take home $250,000.

Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said she would be donating her more than $1,675,000 earned for winning gold and silver in the women's 100m and 200m and sprint relay to her alma mater, Wolmer's Girls School as well as to her church.

The concert marked the end of a two-day celebration of the athletes for their performances in the British capital.

Jamaica won 12 medals --four gold, four silver, and four bronze -- in London, while Alphanso Cunningham won a gold medal in the javelin at the Paralympic Games.

-- D Bogle





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