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Jamaican Prime Minister defends Bolt's Order of Jamaica honor

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has come out in defence of his decision to afford three-time Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt the Order of Jamaica – the nation’s fourth-highest honour.

On Monday, Bolt, 23, will become the youngest-ever recipient and only the fourth sports personality to have been so recognised with the prestigious national award after Merlene Ottey, Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh. Bolt was also appointed ambassador-at-large and accorded full diplomatic rights.

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Golding said: “I felt that because of the extra-ordinary achievements of Usain Bolt that he deserves the award of the Order of Jamaica.

“That decision has been criticised and people have said that he is too young and that we should wait. I don’t think Usain is a superman, I believe he is a superhuman. But he is not going to remain a superhuman forever. I don’t think that he is going to be able to break any world records when he is 35 because I don’t think that it is physically possible,” Golding added….Read More

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