Sport Minister praises Bolt 200m win


August 20, 2016
Usain Bolt from Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200-metre final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. (AP)

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has said that "the world's greatest athlete, Usain Bolt, has delivered again".

The minister was reacting after Bolt won the 200 metres sprint on Thursday at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bolt equalled his season's best time of 19.78 seconds to win the gold medal.

"We may not realise just yet what a privilege it is for us to live in the time of Usain Bolt, who continues to set record after record after record. Jamaica's Bolt is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete," said Grange.

It was Bolt's third consecutive Olympic 200 metres title; he's also won the 100 metres titles at three consecutive games no other person has achieved either or both.

Bolt expressed some disappointment at not breaking the world, but Minister Grange, the country and the world are satisfied with his efforts.

Minister Grange (@babsy_grange) tweeted: "He's done it! The world's greatest athlete @usainbolt delivers again. Thank you, Usain, from a grateful nation.

#TeamJamaica #rio2016."

Bolt's victory in the 200 metres completed a historic sweep for Jamaica. It was the first time any country had swept the 100 and 200 metres sprints in both men's and women's competitions at an Olympic Games.

Minister Grange again paid tribute to Jamaica's athletes, local coaches, the national athletics system and everyone contributing to the country's sports success.

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