After retaining his world title in the men’s 100-meter, Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, continued his dominance by capturing his fourth world title over 200-meter at the 15th International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships now underway.
Bolt became the first man to win four consecutive gold medals in this event.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, and Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, witnessed the feat at Jamaica House Beijing, according to the Jamaica Board of Tourism.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist ran the fastest time of the year to beat out American Justin Gatlin and South African Anaso Jobodwana at Thursday’s much-anticipated final in the Bird’s Nest.
In 19.55 seconds, Bolt once again reigned supreme, defeating Gatlin by 0.19 seconds in another match up of the sport’s top two athletes.
“Lightning Bolt, Jamaica’s pride, has once again proven that he’s the fastest man in the world by retaining the world 200m title in Beijing today,” McNeill said. “We praise his ability and are extremely proud to call him our beloved Jamaican son. He and his fellow athletes at the IAAF World Championships are a shining example of Jamaica’s athletic prowess.”
Similar to the inaugural Jamaica House during the London Olympics in 2012, Jamaica House Beijing is aimed at showcasing Jamaican culture, food and music, highlighting the destination both as a place to visit as well as to do business, JBT said.
“It’s another great win for Jamaicans everywhere,” Pennicook said. “And Bolt’s performance continues to strengthen our ability to market destination Jamaica. We are excited and ecstatic that Bolt has added yet another chapter to his legacy.
“We are looking forward to seeing the rest of our country’s athletes perform with pride during the championships,” he added.
Bolt was expected to appear next on Saturday, Aug. 29 during the 4×100-meter relay.