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Latest update : 2008-09-09

Thousands of Jamaicans celebrated the return of triple Olympic gold medalist and double world record holder Usain Bolt on Monday. A motorcade wound its way from the airport to a New Kingston hotel, where a reception was held.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding and hundreds of Jamaicans welcomed triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt home on Monday after his triumphs in Beijing.

"We're planning some great things for Usain and the other members of the Jamaican team who made us so proud at the Beijing Olympics," Golding said.

Hundreds of flag-waving Jamaicans waited along the road outside the airport hoping to get a glimpse of Bolt as he was taken by a convertible in a motorcade to a hotel where he will hold a news conference.

 "I am happy to be back home. I expected some amount of support but I never knew that so many people would be here to meet me," Bolt told Reuters before his motorcade departed the airport.

Asked what he would be doing now, Bolt said  "I really, really don't know."

In Beijing, Bolt broke the world records for the 100 metres the 200 metres and was then a member of the 4x100 metres world record-breaking relay quartet.
 

Date created : 2008-09-09

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