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Jamaica honors Bolt and Walker
KINGSTON, DEC 10 (AFP):
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Published on 11 Dec. 2008 12:52 AM IST
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Triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt continues to bask in the glow of his world record-setting exploits at the Beijing Games. Bolt and Olympic women’s 400m hurdles champion Melanie Walker were named Jamaica’s male and female athletes of the year for 2008 on Tuesday. Bolt, already the IAAF’s Male Athlete of the Year, set world records in winning 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at the Beijing Games. He was the clear choice to scoop the national year-end award, and said he was proud to add it to the accolades he has already received. “It is good to be recognised by the JAAA because they have done a lot of work by trying to develop the athletes and track and field in Jamaica overall,” he said. “I really appreciate it.” Walker was singled out from a trio of Jamaican gold medalists in Beijing, beating out 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and 100m gold medalist Shelly-A Fraser. “I am glad that I am the one that came out on top, but those ladies are also superb athletes,” she said. Bolt’s coach Glen Mills was voted Coach of the Year.

 
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