By Phillip Clarke/Agencies, World-Track
Jamaica is renaming a highway after sprint sensation Usain Bolt, and giving the world’s fastest man its highest civic honor.
On Tuesday Prime Minister Bruce Golding says the link between St. Catherine and Clarendon parishes will be renamed Usain Bolt Highway. It’s the same highway where the Jamaican sprinter injured his foot in a car crash this year.
Golding added that the government also will bestow Bolt with the Order of Jamaica at October’s annual heritage celebration. At 23, Bolt will be the youngest person to ever receive the award.
“I advised the Governor General to confer on Usain Bolt the Order of Jamaica for his outstanding achievements as a Jamaican at the highest level of international athletics," Golding said.
"When so conferred, he will at 23 years old be the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica.”
The prestigious national hanour has only been given to three other sporting personalities, the great Merlene Ottey, and former West Indies fast bowlers Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh.
Bolt enjoyed another remarkable season where he smashed his own 100 and 200-meter records at the world championships in Berlin last month.
He also helped the Jamaican sprint relay team of Steve Mullings, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell win gold at the same championships.