Bolt Wins 100m as Jamaica Celebrates Independence
When Usain Bolt won the 100m Final on Sunday night Jamaicans across London erupted in celebration. Bolt’s win, with Blake in second and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning the women’s 100m final confirmed Jamaican athletes’ status as the world’s fastest.
The timing could not have been better for Jamaica as they celebrate 50 years of independence on Monday and these results served to add to their celebrations. Wykeham McNeill, Jamaica’s Tourism and Entertainment Minister remarked that “we have our challenges but this shows the resilience of the Jamaican people and that we can do anything we set our minds to.”
Massive celebrations were taking place last night at Jamaica House, set up for the games at the O2 Arena in London. There was reggae music playing, bars serving Jamaican drinks and spicy jerk chicken and an ecstatic crowd of people.
The Deputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jason Hall commented that “Bolt brings something fresh, clean and positive. He is a great ambassador for the sport and for Jamaica.”
Unsurprisingly Bolt was also very happy with is win he believes that he “showed the world that I am the best” but says that he will need to win the 200m to go down in history as a legend. Bolt also said that he was more pleased with this win than Beijing four years ago due to the challenges he has had this season and the doubt over his ability to win again.
His compatriot Blake was also extremely pleased with his silver medal. He commented that he is “not disappointed at all, I have to give God thanks and my coach Glen Mills. Everything has been going according to play, I got a medal in my first Olympics, Usain Bolt got the better of me tonight, but it’s still a Jamaica one-two, so I am happy.”