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DAEGU, South Korea — The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, MP has congratulated Jamaica's Usain Bolt on winning the men's 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships in South Korea.

Minister Grange said Bolt's victory, in a world leading time, was "a fine victory by an exceptional athlete."

"Bolt has delivered again.  He ran a very fine race and recorded the fastest time of year in the 200, despite not being in the best shape.  That is a phenomenal achievement.  I offer Usain congratulations on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica whom he continues to make very proud."

Bolt's winning time was 19.40.  He won ahead of Walter Dix of the United States (19.70) and Christophe Lemaitre who set a new French national record of 19.80.  Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade (20.29) finished fifth.  Minister Grange offered Ashmeade encouragement.

The Minister also congratulated Jamaica's 4×400 metres women's team of Rosemarie Whyte, Davita Prendergast, Novlene Williams-Mills and Shericka Williams who set a new national record of 3:18.71 to win the silver medal.

"It was a fantastic effort by the women.  I know they wanted to win, but they can be very proud of their race and for setting a new national record."