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Bolt’s mother welcomes granddaughter

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:18 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer
Jennifer Bolt and her son, Usain, share a smile.
Jennifer Bolt and her son, Usain, share a smile.

Having regularly travelled the world to witness the exploits of her son as he broke world records and pocket gold medals during the era in which he dominated global athletics, Jennifer Bolt, the mother of track legend Usain Bolt, is accustomed to him bringing her unadulterated joy.

While this Sunday did not bring one of those ‘lightning bolt’ performances on the track, it was nonetheless another cloud-nine experience for Mrs Bolt, as her son again delivered.

Only this time around, it wasn’t a breathtaking sprint but a ‘bundle of joy,’ her first grandchild.

The sprinter’s long-time girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, delivered at the Nuttall Hospital in Kingston on Sunday, welcoming the couple’s first child.

“I am happy, happy, and you can say, happier,” chuckled the elated grandmother when The Gleaner caught up with her yesterday.

While Mrs Bolt had intimated in a Gleaner interview a few months ago that her preference was for a grandson, getting a granddaughter has not diminished her absolute joy.

“I love boys, but that does not mean I do not appreciate girls,” said the happy grandmother.

“The fact that the baby is healthy and well is good enough for me. I can’t wait to see her and give her a hug,” added Mrs. Bolt.

She still resides in her son’s birth district, Sherwood Content, Trelawny, and is hopeful that her granddaughter will inherit and ultimately display her father’s athletic prowess.

“I hope the athletic genes will be in her so I could see her, even at sports day, giving us the thrill of seeing her compete,” she said.

She is also harbouring another wish.

“It would give me goose pimples all over my body if one Sabbath she could be christened right here in my church, here in Sherwood Content,” said Mrs. Bolt.

The joy of the latest attention to the Bolt family is not limited to his mother, as the 100m and 200m world record holder’s uncle, Albert Davis, is equally happy.

“VJ (Usain’s pet name) is well loved by everyone in the family and we are ecstatic with this new addition to the family,” said Davis. “We are now looking forward to seeing her.”