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Sunday 20 April 2014

Jamaica fetes its Olympic heroes

Sprint star Usain Bolt and fellow athlete Veronica Campbell with Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, centre (AP)

Thousands of Jamaicans have packed the Caribbean island's national arena to honour its Olympians and Paralympians.

Sprinters Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the rest of Jamaica's athletes sang along with gospel and reggae songs at a special cultural event to honour the athletes who competed at the games in London.

Premier Portia Simpson Miller thanked all the athletes, saying they showed there was "nothing that can stop a Jamaican when they are determined to succeed".

It was a banner year for Jamaican athletes. They won a record haul of 12 medals in the London Olympics, surpassing the 11 they won in Beijing.

The island's team was led by Bolt, the world's fastest man. He competed in three events and won gold medals in all of them.

Press Association

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