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Holness: Bolt the 'greatest sprinter'

Trinidad Express :: 15.08.2016

Jamaican Usain Bolt's historic hat-trick of Olympic 100 metres titles has drawn praise from the country's Prime Minister, Andrew Holness.

The 29-year-old produced a spectacular come-from-behind victory in Sunday night's final at the Olympic Stadium to win a third straight gold medal and become the first athlete to accomplish the feat. Holness, who arrived here last Friday to lend support to the nation's athletes, said Bolt's "indomitable spirit and focus" was an inspiration to Jamaicans as well as the entire globe.

"Bolt has etched his name as the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen," he said in a statement.

"Jamaica is fortunate to have a son who inspires so many and ensures our country continues to be the sprint capital of the world."

Bolt clocked 9.91 seconds to add to his titles in Beijing eight years ago and London 2012, and keep alive his unbeaten streak at major championships.

His victory came just 24 hours after countrywoman Elaine Thompson had conjured up a sizzling run in the corresponding women's event, to claim her first Olympic title.

Two-time defending champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, missed out on becoming the first woman to clinch a hat-trick of titles in the 100m when she finished with bronze. Holness said both Thompson and Fraser-Pryce deserved special praise.

"I want to make special mention of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who got bronze and Elaine Thompson who won her first gold medal. Both women epitomise true Jamaican spirit," the leader said.

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Holness: Bolt the 'greatest sprinter'
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THE GREATEST: Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m final in Rio on Sunday. —Photo: AP

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