Bolt, Powell lauded by Jamaican PM Golding

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has described the performance of sprint champion, Usain Bolt, as “extraterrestrial”.

Golding, who spoke to Bolt shortly after he shattered the 100-metres world record at the 12th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Berlin, Germany last Sunday, said the sprint superstar “performed like he was from outer space”.

Golding praised Bolt’s sensational run of 9.58 seconds, which shattered his own world record of 9.69 seconds, set at the Beijing Olympics last year. When asked by Golding how much faster he intended to run in a 100-metre race, Bolt responded, “I’m coming home to work on it.”

Golding also spoke to bronze medalist, Asafa Powell, who finished third in 9.84 seconds, behind American Tyson Gay, who set an American national record of 9.71 seconds.

“I told Asafa how proud I was that he had found his form; that he was back in the fray. I told him I knew that he had been through a rough period when he might have at times questioned his own capacity, but that he had demonstrated that he is a champion with this performance. I was also very encouraged by the words that Asafa had to say of Usain’s achievements,” Golding said.

Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Olivia Grange was at trackside to greet the sprinters after their outstanding performances.

She said Bolt’s desire to become a legend in the sport was a project firmly on course and promised him that Jamaica would once again welcome him and the other athletes home with all the pomp and circumstance befitting the “kings and queens of athletics”.

Grange heaped praises on Asafa after an emotional embrace.

“You are special. You have showed the fight and determination that you needed to get to the podium. This performance proves that you are a champion. I am so proud of you,” Grange said. (JIS)

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