No matter where Usain Bolt is in the world, the Olympic gold medalist isn’t afraid to rep for his country. With Saturday (August 6) being the 54th year of Jamaica’s independence, the athlete spread a little joy and love all the way from Rio De Janeiro.
“It’s a great day for us, we are using this as always to push us,” he explained to The Gleaner, “This is normally the time when we push forward in the Olympics and we will enjoy the day as always so have fun and love each other.” On August 6, 1962, the nation was officially granted its Independence from England and became an independent country. In addition to Jamaicans now having access to equal rights, it symbolized the birth of a new nation.
Like every Olympic competition, all eyes are on Bolt as he makes his return to the Men’s Track and Feild 100m, 200m and Men’s 4x100m relay, respectively next week. Known for being the fastest man in the world, the 29-year-old became the first player to win six gold medals in the sprinting category.
Bolt may have skipped the Opening Ceremony Friday evening (August 5), but he still plans to compete despite his previous hamstring injury. “I’m not fully in shape. I need more work but over time I will be fine,” Bolt said last month. If Bolt dominates the three races, he’ll be in the legendary rankings of nine Olympic track and field titles with American sprinter Carl Lewis.
Bolt wasn’t the only celeb praising his country today. Fully recovered from a reported Zika virus diagnosis, Bennie Man also shared his love for Jamaica’s independence via Instagram. The dancehall legend cancelled his performance at Drake’s OVO Festival last week after contracting the virus.