Jamaica Gleaner / Jamaica sprint icon Usain Bolt was at a loss for words in describing how he felt after his statue was unveiled at a grand ceremony at Independence Park yesterday.
The statue was unveiled to Bolt by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Sports Minister Olivia Grange and sculptor Basil Watson.
“I feel very good and I am very honoured because I never thought it would ever happen to me, and it’s a good feeling,” said Bolt.
Bolt praised Watson for his work on the statue. “He did well. I must say he captured a lot of features, which I am very happy about, and the fact that I have a statue is just a brilliant feeling,” Bolt said.
“He put in a lot work and he took his time in trying to make it as best as possible,” he said.
Grange said that, after much deliberation, she was very glad that the statue was finally unveiled in honour of Bolt.
“I am feeling good and I am very happy that we have finally unveiled the statue because it is representative of Usain Bolt,” said Grange.
“I am happy that we displayed in a tangible way our appreciation of Usain and his performance, and we know that this monument will be an attraction,” she said.
“All the statues here represent the excellent performance of our athletes and the world-renowned appreciation of our performance,” Grange noted.
President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Dr Warren Blake, said that he was pleased that the statue has been unveiled in honoured of the sprint legend.
“I am quite thrilled that a nation has chosen to honour one of its greatest sons and honour him in a very fitting way,” said Blake.
“His statue now has graced with the icons in Statue Park, with Merlene Ottey, Donald Quarrie, Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley,” Blake said.
Yesterday’s event was also attended by Victor Lopez, president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Association of Athletics.