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Jamaican Americans Salute `Birthday Boy` Bolt

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 21, 2009: `The greatest track and field athlete to walk the world!` The description came easily to Jamaican migrant, Clem Hume, yesterday, just moments after his fellow national, Usain St. Leo Bolt, annihilated his own record in the 200-meters men`s finals in Berlin.

As Bolt smashed his second record in exactly four days, just one day prior to his 23rd birthday today, Hume, like several Jamaicans CWNN spoke with yesterday, were simply thrilled.

`He is truly greatest sprinter we’ll ever see,` said the former athlete and Caribbean American media personality.

Bolt’s winning time of 19.19 in the 200-meters set a new world record, erasing the 19.88 record he set in Beijing last summer. It came just days after he broke his 100-m record down from 9.72 to 9.58.

New York City Council Deputy Majority Leader, Jamaican American, Leroy Comrie, was also excited at the two record breaking feats completed by Bolt within days.

`I want to join my fellow yardies across the city in offering congratulations to Usain Bolt on his tremendous accomplishments in Berlin, Germany this week,` said Comrie last night. `Having set new world standards in the 100 meters and 200 meters, Usain has unequivocally raised the bar for sports achievements and is truly the world s fastest man.`
 
Comrie added that the history-making events were `fitting, as our community recently celebrated the 47th anniversary of independence of our Caribbean homeland.`

Jamaican Diaspora Northeast President, Patrick Beckford, called the performance `extraordinary and phenomenal.`

Beckford, who went to the same high school as Bolt and is from the same parish as the top athlete, added: `Happy birthday to him. It is a great birthday gift.`

Team Jamaica Bickle`s Irwine Clare, whose organization helped to feed many of the top athletes now on the world stage at the Penn Relays, said Bolt`s win and those of many of the other Jamaican athletes this week in Berlin, `certifies Jamaica’s prowess as world champs.`

`We are pleased because we see athletes who have benefited from our help performing well on the world stage … we hope the powers that be in Jamaica will realize this,` he added.

For his efforts yesterday, Bolt bagged $160,000 to add to his 100-m winnings of $160,000. Both prize packets include the $100,000 World record bonus from TDK. That’s roughly $11,123 for each second of his 100-m and 200-m performances combined.