By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, RIO, Brazil, Sat. Aug. 20, 2016: Minutes after sprinting into the history books with a triple-triple gold medal win at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Jamaican Olympian and the world’s fastest man, Usain St. Leo Bolt, O.D., paid tribute to his fans even as his latest win pushed the Caribbean region’s gold medal total forward.
“My fans you guys never doubted me a min and for that I belong to you guys forever,” Bolt tweeted after his latest golden feat was achieved with help from his teammates in the men’s 4×100 relay team – Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade.
Bolt, 29, also posted a tweet of all nine of his records now – the only athlete behind the US’ Michael Phelps with the most gold medals in the Olympic Games. Bolt is also an eleven-time World Champion. He won consecutive World Championship 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 metres relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100 m false start in 2011
It is indeed a magnificent early birthday present to himself as the sprinter ironically turns the big 3-0 on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.
Meanwhile, the win for the relays gold for Team Jamaica, which Bolt anchored, means Jamaica’s medal count in the Olympics moved to 9 as well – six of which are gold medals.
The Caribbean region’s gold medal total also moved forward to 11. Cuba currently has three gold medals while The Bahamas and Puerto Rico have one each.
In total, however, the Caribbean’s medal total, including Bolt 100-m, 200-m and 4×100-m gold medals – now stands at 22.