On August 16th, 2008, tears of joy, pride and sheer excitment flowed from West Indians but especially Jamaicans across the world when Usain Bolt strided across the finish line in a time of 9.69 seconds to win the Men's 100m and beat his own World Record!
Less than a week away from his 22nd birthday, Bolt gave the sold out crowd in Beijing, China's Bird Nest Stadium one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history that they would ever first hand witness. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Bolt could have shaved more than that 0.03 seconds off of his previous World Record but as he would later state, he was not there to beat his record, he was there to win the race. That he did. He definitely did!
Join Jamaica in welcoming home our Olympic hero today.
Log on to TVJ and CVM for live coverage of Usain Bolt's homecoming - today from 1pm, Jamaican time. Press Conference is scheduled to begin at 3pm, Jamaican time.
Congratulations Usain Bolt, we are all very proud of you and to be West Indian! Thank you for that!
- Julie Cupen