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Jamaica’s triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt continues to be the toast of Jamaica’s success at this year’s Summer Games in Beijing, China, with astounding performances in the individual Men’s 100 and 200 metres events, and the 4×100 metres sprint relay finals.
It was a proud moment for all Jamaicans in the Diaspora, including Louis Grant, Vice President of Irie Jam Radio, Caribbean Media partners for the Reebok Grand Prix Athletics meet in New York, where Bolt broke the then world record of 9.77 in the 100 metres on May 31, this, clocking 9.72 seconds.
“On behalf of Reebok, Global Athletics & Marketing, as well as our associate sponsors, Digicel, Western Union, Air Jamaica, and the entire management and staff of Irie Jam Radio, Black Emperor Entertainment, and Irie Jamboree, I am pleased to extend congratulations to the new Olympic and World Record 100 metres champion Usain Bolt, to coach Glen Mills, and the entire team for their incredible performance, culminating in Bolt’s decisive victory in Beijing over a field of the world’s fastest men,” Grant said.
With six finalists in the 100 metres final, arguably the most anticipated event of this year’s Olympic Games, Caribbean athletes made a bold statement regarding the future of track and field, and the need for other nations to acknowledge the region as, undeniably, the world’s sprint superpower.
“Kudos to Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago for a most inspiring second place finish, to take home the silver medal. Independence Day celebrations in T&T later this month should prove equally inspiring,” Grant noted.
Congratulations were also extended to Asafa Powell and Michael Frater for holding Jamaica high above the rest of the world and for making the Caribbean proud.
To further celebrate the Caribbean’s Olympic success, the organisers of this year’s Irie Jamboree festival, dedicated this year’s staging, August 31 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY, to the athletes’ exploits.