Sherwood Content, Bogue Hill rejoice in sweep of medals
SHERWOOD CONTENT, Trelawny — Celebrations in this small community reached fever pitch for the second time this week as son of the soil, Usain Bolt, struck gold for the second time at the Olympics in London, yesterday.
The legendary speedster finished ahead of the 100 metres field on Sunday, a feat he repeated yesterday over the 200 metres distance.
Yesterday scores of elated community members, some blowing vuvuzelas and some beating together Dutch pot covers — as they did on Sunday — converged at the home of Bolt’s aunt, Lilian Bolt, where they celebrated immediately after the race.
“One, two, three! One, two, three!” the overjoyed residents chanted between the sounds of the vuvuzelas and the clanging of Dutch pot covers.
“We can't ask God for more. What a blessed run,” an ecstatic Sherwood Content resident, Girlie, exclaimed.
Meanwhile, Bolt's aunt, Lillian, who said she expected her nephew to win the 200-metre race yesterday, just as he did over the 100 metres on Sunday, said yesterday's victory was special, as Jamaica swept all the medals.
“Today’s (yesterday’s) victory is sweeter because it’s one, two, three! One, two, three!” she screamed, adding that she is satisfied that he won and not perturbed that he did not break the record.
“I knew he was going out 110 per cent because if the 100 could carry him he would add the 10 and that is exactly what he has done. I feel on top of the world right now. That’s the way I feel right now. We are on top of the world.”
Bolt was followed across the finish line by his Racers Track Club teammates Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, respectively.
Meanwhile, a proud Edgar Harrison claimed that he had no doubt that the iconic community member would have won again yesterday.
“I am overjoyed. He is like my son. I am very proud of him. I can’t find words to express. From the moment I watched him in the heats he was not under any pressure, so I was overconfident. The only thing I wanted to know was the time because I was certain he was going to win the race without pressure,” Harrison expressed.
As they did on Sunday, the exuberant Sherwood Content residents quickly organised a motorcade which travelled to Falmouth, the parish capital, where they converged just outside of the historic Water Square and started celebrating. They blended their voices and reverently sang the national anthem before rejoining the motorcade which snaked out of the town.
But the celebrations were not restricted to Trelawny, as right across the resort city of Montego Bay there were shouts of joy for the athletes, but especially for homeboy Yohan Blake.
Veta Blake, Yohan's mother, said although she was a little disappointed that her son did not win the gold, she is happy that Jamaica had won the three medals.
"My son did not win, but I still feel good. Everything is okay; I still feel good," she told the Jamaica Observer.
Her husband, Shirley, echoed similar sentiments.
"I was hoping he (Yohan) would win, but I am satisfied with his performance and I am extremely happy that we got all the medals," he noted.