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Published: Tuesday October 16, 2012 MYT 9:46:00 PM

Jamaican government honours Usain Bolt and fellow Olympians

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Triple gold medalist at London's 2012 Olympics Usain Bolt was honoured on Monday as part of Jamaica's recognition of past heroes and Olympians.

Bolt along with other Olympians laid wreaths at the Graves of the Heroes at the National Heroes Park in Kingston.

Bolt and Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller placed a wreath at the grave of national hero Norman Manley.

Bolt spent the afternoon paying tribute to one of Jamaica's first Olympian's the late Herb Mckenley when a tombstone was unveiled the National's Heroes Park.

He was asked how he would like to be remembered on and off the track as well as details of his plans for the rest of the year.

"On the track is just to be the legend, the greatest athlete ever to live, off the track, fun loving person that I am. That's how I would want to be remembered," Bolt said.

The day finished with thousands of Jamaicans turning out for a celebration of Jamaica's national arena to honour the Caribbean nation's Olympians and Paralympians after a record breaking year. Olympians Veronica Campbell, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Yohan Blake were just a few of the athletes who joined Bolt in the celebration.

The musical show featured evangelist Sandra Brooks; mento sensation The Jolly Boys, reggae greats Leroy Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor; along with dancehall artistes I-Octane, Konshens and Beenie Man. - Reuters


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