Zi Lin Zhang, Miss China and Miss World, with world record holder Usain Bolt, at Tuesday's unveiling of Puma's new speed suit for the Jamaica Olympic team in Beijing, China. - Contributed
JAMAICA KICKED off its Olympic bid in style this week, following its flag-raising ceremony in Beijing, China, on Tuesday.
The Jamaican team gathered at CJW, one of Beijing's coveted venues in the heart of the Olympic city, for the unveiling of Puma's new 'speed suit' for the team. It was a cultural exchange with traditional Chinese dances being pitted against some of the latest Jamaican dance moves, performed over the music of international dancehall artiste Sean Paul.
Bolt, Zhang meet
It became a media frenzy, however, when deputy director of tourism for Jamaica, Zachary Harding, introduced the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, to the world's most beautiful woman, Zi Lin Zhang.
Zi Lin is the reigning Miss China and Miss World.
Standing at 5'11" and just being signed as the new face of L'Oréal cos-metics, Zi Lin flexed her muscles with the fastest man.
As a true ambassador, Bolt imme-diately invited Zi Lin to come to Jamaica, to which she replied, "I would be very happy and honoured to visit Jamaica very soon!"
Message from PM
The event was aug-mented with a live video message from Prime Minister Bruce Golding, which brought thunderous applause from the audience.
Present at the event were minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, James Robertson (who is on vacation with his family); Jamaica's Ambassador to China Wayne McCook (who organised the event with Puma); Jason Hall of Jamaica Trade and Invest; and Graham Cooke, president of the World Travel Awards.
All of Jamaica's athletes were a hit with the crowd, including Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart, Aleen Bailey, Sherone Simpson, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater.