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Usain Bolt 'to boost Jamaica tourism'

Usain Bolt 'to boost Jamaica tourism'
14 Aug 2012

Usain Bolt's latest victories at the London 2012 Olympics are expected to provide a boost for tourism in Jamaica, his home country.

The sprinter repeated his achievement at the Beijing 2008 Games by winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay events in London, completing what has been dubbed a 'triple double'.

Speaking to TravelMole, Jamaican tourism minister Wykeham McNeill said the feat will elevate Bolt to a similar level to reggae legend Bob Marley as a global ambassador for the Caribbean nation.

He predicted that the impact of the runner's success will be felt in the destination for 'many years to come', partly through a boost in sports tourism.

'The interest that has already been created by our sprint legends throughout the years has now come to a crescendo with Usain Bolt's unique defence of the titles,' added Mr McNeill.

Jamaica dominated the sprint events at the London Olympics, with Bolt and his countrymen Yohan Blake and Warren Weir taking all three medals in the men's 200m.

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