Thousands of his countrymen cheered him at public viewing places and thousands of living rooms as off-and-on gusty winds from the storm swept across the Caribbean country.
A crowd of roughly 500 people on the grounds of the national stadium cheered wildly as Bolt crossed the finish line of the 100-meter dash in 9.63 seconds, many dancing and chanting “Jamaica, Jamaica!” One woman dropped to the ground, crying with relieved joy.
“Jamaica No 1! I knew it! I knew it,” she was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.