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Prime Minister Bruce Golding has described the gold winning performance of Usain Bolt, today (August 16), as absolutely phenomenal. Competing in the 100-metre finals in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Mr. Bolt won the race in a world record time of 9.69 seconds. Jamaica’s other two finalists, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
“Usain Bolt was absolutely phenomenal. This is a man who was absolutely confident in himself. He was at peace with himself. He knew what he wanted to do, he knew what he was going to do, and if you look at how he ran the race, he was picture perfect right through,” the Prime Minister told JIS News in an interview, after watching the race at Jamaica House.

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“He has worked so hard. It is a great symbol to Jamaica. It is a symbol of the quality of greatness of which we as Jamaicans are capable,” Mr. Golding added.
The Prime Minister said he felt “absolutely wonderful” about the victory. “My only disappointment is that we did not get the gold and the silver. We can take some comfort in the fact that the race was dominated by the Caribbean. We took one, two and three of the eight finalists. Six of them are from the Caribbean. We can take great pride in that,” Mr. Golding said. Following is the text of Mr. Golding’s statement.

“I feel absolutely wonderful, wonderful. My only disappointment is that we did not get the gold and the silver. We can take some comfort in the fact that the race was dominated by the Caribbean. We took one, two, three of the eight finalists. Six of them are from the Caribbean. We can take great pride in that.
“Usain Bolt was absolutely phenomenal. This is a man who was absolutely confident in himself. He was at peace with himself. He knew what he wanted to do, he knew what he was going to do, and if you look at how he ran the race, he was picture perfect right through.
“He has worked so hard. It is a great symbol to Jamaica. It is a symbol of the quality of greatness of which we as Jamaicans are capable.”