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Brum basks in glory after Olympic 200m winners pay tribute

SALUTE: 200m champions Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake (left) and Warren Weir at the medal ceremony following their race at the Olympic Stadium in London on AUG 9. Pic PA.

BIRMINGHAM IS basking in the glory of Jamaica’s one, two, three win in the 200m final after its star Athletes publicly thanked the city minutes after the race.

Gold medallist and history maker Usain Bolt, silver medallist Yohan Blake and bronze medallist Warren Weir singled out Birmingham in their moment of glory and thanked everyone at the University of Birmingham, their pre-Olympic training camp.

This has produced a great surge of pride in the city.

Zena Wooldridge, the university’s director of sport, admitted it was a dream come true.

“Before the athletes came we had a vision,” she said. “We said wouldn’t it be fantastic if we had three Jamaican athletes who got first, second and third place, and then if we had done a sufficiently good job, they gave us a mention.

Zena Wolldridge, University of Birmingham’s director of sport and Ludlow Watts, team manager for the Jamaican track and field team at the pre-Olympic camp in Birmingham

“And that is exactly what happened – our vision came to reality. We are all absolutely delighted to have a share in their success. Last night was the cherry on the cake.

“The fact that they remembered us and thanked us at such an important moment makes us all feel so proud. We’re delighted for the Jamaican community here in Birmingham and Jamaica as a nation.”

The public thank you, watched by millions of TV viewers immediately after yesterday's (AUG 9) race, was also well received by Birmingham City Council.

Garry Peal, the Olympic training camp co-ordinator, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better thank you – it was a wonderful moment and I know it means the world to everyone in Birmingham who worked so hard to make the athletes feel welcome and at home in our city.”

Yohan Blake was the first athlete to big up Birmingham, saying: “You guys were great and you took great care of us – we give you all our respect.”

Then Bolt chimed in saying: “When we were at camp you guys were extremely great and you showed us a lot of love. You guys helped us to come out here and do our best.”

Not wanting to be left out, Weir, overjoyed at getting a bronze medal, added: “Shout out Birmingham, London and the whole of Trelawny - not English just straight patois!”

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