By Gary Smith, World-Track
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sprint sensation Usain Bolt on Monday received the medal of the Order of Jamaica at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony.
The triple Olympic and World Championships gold medallist, became the youngest ever recipient of the order, at age 23. The medal was bestowed on him in Kingston at the Kings House, the official home and office of the Governor General of Jamaica.
The award is the fourth-highest in Jamaica, and marked an upgrade from the Order of Distinction he received in 2008 along with fellow athletes Veronica Campbell and Asafa Powell.
Bolt, who received a huge roar when he appeared on the stage to collect his token, holds the world record in both the 100m, 200m and was a member of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team that set the world and Olympic record in Beijing in 2008.