PM Spencer Congratulates Caribbean Olympic Athletes for Historical showings in Beijing

ST. John’s, Antigua – Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of CAIRCOM, the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer has congratulated the Jamaican and Trinidadian athletes at the Beijing Olympics for their world record performances in the 100 metre races.

In congratulatory messages to the athletes through Prime Ministers Bruce Golding of Jamaica and Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tbago, Prime Minister Spencer said that the unprecedented clean sweep in the women’s 100 metre race and the world record run by Usain Bolt not only makes Jamaica proud but the entire region and Caribbean people all over the world.

“On behalf of the Caribbean Community, I congratulate Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart for the historical win at the Olympics. Your gold and silver medal successes demonstrate your desire to excel and represent your country and region well. We are truly proud.”

“I join the region in also commending Usain Bolt for claiming the first 100 metre Olympic crown for Jamaica and setting a new world record.

Congratulations must also go to Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago for his remarkable performance in capturing silver. Both athletes are shining lights in the future of athletics in the Caribbean.”

“There is no doubt that the recent accomplishments of our athletes in Beijing will be spoken of for some time to come, but I am sure that the admiration of their accomplishments is felt by all of their fellow athletes in Beijing as well as the entire region,” wrote Prime Minister Spencer.

The leader of CARICOM also commended the entire Caribbean athletics team and coaches in Beijing, whom he said provided the necessary moral and technical support to the athletes. He also wished them well in their upcoming races.

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