WATCH: Celebrations underway in Westmoreland for track star Antonio Watson
Antonio Watson( right) poses with coach Machel Woolery (left) and the deputy mayor (centre) Savanna-la-Mar, Ian Myles behind his painting at his Alma mater, Petersfield High.

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — A float parade is now underway in Westmoreland in honour of track athlete Antonio Watson who upset a loaded field to win gold in the men's 400m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.

The parade started at Watson's alma mater Petersfield High and will end in Savanna-la-Mar where a service will be held at Independence Park.

Watson, along with his coach Machel Woolery, will be handed the keys to the town of Savanna-la-Mar later Friday.

Watson became the second Jamaican man to win the World Championships 400m gold medal after producing a spectacular last 60 metres with a winning time of 44.22 seconds.

READ: #WorldChamps2023: Jamaica’s Watson crowned 400m champion after 40-year wait

He joined Bertland Cameron, the first Jamaican to win the event 40 years ago at the first-ever staging of the event in Helsinki, Finland.

- Kimberley Peddie

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