Andrew Holness, prime minister
“Bolt has etched his name as the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen. Jamaica is fortunate to have a son who inspires so many and ensures our country continues to be the sprint capital of the world.”
Holness also congratulated all the Jamaican athletes who are competing in Brazil. “I want to make special mention of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who got bronze, and Elaine Thompson, who won her first gold medal (in the women’s 100m). Both women epitomise true Jamaican spirit,” he said.
Holness added that the Government would, after the Games, reveal an appropriate initiative to honour all the athletes who have competed on the world stage and brought such tremendous pride to the nation.
Portia Simpson Miller, opposition leader
“Usain Bolt exemplifies the best of sportsmanship. He is a worthy recipient of the highest accolades and a global ambassador of true talent, dignity and integrity in sports.”
She said that he has enshrined his name in history as one of the greatest athletes of all times, proving once again his extraordinary talent and the result of focus, discipline and determination, and has further emblazoned Brand Jamaica in the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport
“Usain has accomplished what no other athlete has done and he’s proven himself once again to be the greatest - and there’s a lot more left in him. Usain is a special gem. He is a great representative of Jamaica and the perfect ambassador for his sport. And I believe all people are inspired, but Jamaicans especially will be walking with livelier steps because of Usain and the entire Jamaica team at the Rio Olympics.While we celebrate Usain, Elaine and Shelly-Ann, our Jamaican medallists so far, we must also recognise and continue to encourage other members of the team who haven’t won medals but have done well and, in some cases, have even set their personal best marks.”
Natalie Neita-Headley, opposition spokesperson on sport and entertainment
“The nation was never in doubt. Our faith that when Usain Bolt says he is going to do something, he will, is unshakeable. We congratulate the honourable Usain St Leo Bolt on his electrifying run at the Rio Olympic Games to become the first man in history to defend the 100 metres title twice.
“Bolt’s customary slow start did not alarm Jamaica, we know it’s not about the start but about how you finish, a great lesson for the entire world. Congratulations also to Yohan Blake who continues on the comeback trail with an excellent fourth place finish, just two hundredths of a second outside the bronze medal. Yohan we believe in you and know your best is yet to come.”
Don Anderson, head of Jamaica’s teams to the last five Olympic Games
"Congratulations to the entire Jamaica team for the fantastic achievements so far and in particular to a superb Usain, a classy new queen Elaine and a courageous Shell- Ann for their tremendous and magnificent medal winning performances. Usain has consolidated his status as the greatest sprinter of all time and without doubt is a phenomenon whose performances cannot be ever matched. We eagerly await several more triumphs over the next few days. All Jamaicans are truly proud of the team and the entire sporting world is solidly behind Jamaica at this time.