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‘Babsy’ wants Trelawny stadium renamed in honour of Bolt and Fraser-Pryce

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015 | 6:50 PM
Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says after seven years of global ascendancy, Jamaica’s athletes deserve a proper monument which will help to enshrine this moment in the country’s history and remind future generations of the glory which has resulted.

Opposition spokesman on sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is urging the current government to find suitable ways to encourage and honour Jamaica’s athletes.

She says after seven years of global ascendancy, Jamaica’s athletes deserve a proper monument which will help to enshrine this moment in the country’s history and remind future generations of the glory which has resulted.

Among other things, she is calling for the Trelawny stadium to be named in honour of sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Today the Jamaican male and female relay teams added two more gold medals to Jamaica’s tally at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Jamaica now has 11 medals comprising six gold, two silver and three bronze.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce anchored Jamaica to a massive victory over the rest of the world to win gold in the women’s 4X100 metre relay final.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Fraser-Pryce ran a Championship record time of 40.07 seconds to secure the top position on the medal podium.

Jamaica beat their own Championship Record of 41.29 seconds set in the 2013 Moscow IAAF World Championship.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s male sprint relay team anchored by track and field superstar, Usain Bolt, sped to a gold-medal win in the 4X100 to continue their dominance of the relays.

Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt ran a world leading time of 37 point 3-6 seconds to complete a sweep of the sprint relays.

CORRECTION: Previously, this story had said Grange had called for the National Stadium to be renamed in honour of the athletes, That was in correct. It was actually the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.