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Make Bolt a national hero

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 9:16 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Jamaican athletes have taken centre stage from the great United States of America, none more so than Usain Bolt with triple gold. The USA will have to wheel and come again to dethrone our athletes.

I recommend to the Government of Jamaica that Usain St Leo Bolt of Sherwood Content district, Trelawny, be awarded Jamaica's highest honour, national hero. Usain is a legend. It will be some time before the world sees another sprinter of his calibre.

The National Stadium should be renamed the Usain St Leo Bolt Stadium, as is the case of the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. Crawford has not achieved a tenth of what Bolt has achieved.

My 10 reasons for nominating Bolt to become Jamaica's first living national hero are:

1) The fastest human being on earth.

2) Remaining drug free and chastising drug cheats.

3) Winning the 100 and 200 metres at the World Championships at the Bird's Nest, China, defeating America's Justin Gatlin, who was fancied as the favourite to win both races.

4) Coming back from injury to represent Jamaica.

5) Having been an outstanding ambassador and global icon for Jamaica.

6) Having kept our national flag flying high throughout the world.

7) Proving sports commentator Oral Tracey dead wrong in his prediction that Justin Gatlin would have won the 200m.

8) Representing Jamaica with humility and dignity.

9) Helping to boost Jamaica's tourism product, as visitors worldwide want to visit his birthplace.

10) For being President Barack Obama's standout and using former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson's Values and Attitudes Campaign as his career guide.

JOSEPH M. CORNWALL (Sr)

tranquillityfh@yahoo.com