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DAEGU, South Korea, September 4, 2011 – The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, MP has congratulated the Jamaican men's 4×100 metres team on their "amazing world record" run at the IAAF World Championships in South Korea.

The team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt set a new world record of 37.04 seconds in the final event of the Championships.

Minister Grange said:
"All Jamaicans are beaming with pride at achievement of the national team at the Daegu World Championships.  This world record in the last event, starring the fantastic Jamaican athletes, is a great way to end these Championships.  Nesta, Michael, Yohan and Usain were amazing tonight.  

"I must also highlight the performance of the Jamaican women's 4×100 metres team that took the silver medal.  I know they feel a bit of disappointed that they didn't win the gold, but we are very proud of them – they set a new national record.  We are very proud of all our athletes.  They are amazing.  Well done to the entire team."

The women's 4×100 metres team of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown ran 41.70 seconds.

Jamaica finished the World Championships in fourth place with four gold, four silver and one bronze.