Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, is to be accorded the nation’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced yesterday in a statement to Parliament.
This award will make Bolt the youngest-ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica. Bolt recently celebrated his 23rd birthday.
In making the announcement, Golding noted that when the honour was bestowed on the world-record holder in both the 100 and 200 metres, he would be referred to as ‘The Honourable’ Mr Bolt.
In recognition of the outstanding record-breaking performance by Bolt at both the Olympics in Beijing, China, and his recent mind-boggling run at the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, Golding said Highway 2000 would be renamed after the sprint sensation.
The roadway along which the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt crashed his car a few months ago will be renamed in his honor.
The road connects the capital of Kingston in the east with Montego Bay in the far west of the country.
Only three Jamaican prime ministers – Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, Michael Manley have had highways named after them. Olympians Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint have also had roads named after them.