KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaicans honked their car horns and beat their drums to celebrate local hero Usain Bolt demolishing his world record to win gold in the 200 meters at the world championships on Thursday.
There were party scenes on the Caribbean island after Bolt, who had already picked up the 100 title with another world record, clocked 19.19 seconds in the longer sprint final in Berlin to improve his record by 11 hundredths of a second.
“This guy will remain unbeaten for at least three more years,” said Sandra Sewell, from the former Jamaican capital Spanish Town, as supporters in the streets jumped up and down and banged together pots and pans after the victory.
“I believe he can just turn up on any day and say to himself ‘I feel bored, I am going to break a world record today,’ and he does just that.”
In between sips of a locally brewed beer, one man pondered Bolt’s invincibility.
“The only way they can beat Bolt is to shoot him,” he said.
The jubilant Jamaicans were also celebrating Olympic champion Melaine Walker’s gold medal in the 400 meters hurdles.
“I really can’t explain how I feel. It was so fantastic,” Walker’s mother Jennifer Wilson told reporters.
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