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Usain Bolt thanks Birmingham after making Olympic history

Usain Bolt has thanked people at the Jamaican team's training camp in Birmingham after becoming the first man to retain both Olympic sprint titles.

As he celebrated his historic 200m gold medal in the 2012 stadium, Bolt said the city helped athletes do their best.

Team-mates Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, who won silver and bronze respectively, also praised the city.

Jamaica's track and field team prepared for the games at the University of Birmingham.

'All the respect'

Speaking about Birmingham people, Bolt said: "They were extremely great to us, [showed] us a lot of love and thank you guys.

"You guys [helped] us to come out and do our best."

Bolt matched Michael Johnson's then world-record time from the Atlanta Games of 19.32 seconds.

Image caption Bolt's cousin Maureen Davis from Wolverhampton attended the university dinner

Blake's 19.44 seconds was a season's best, while 22-year-old Weir set a new personal best with 19.84 seconds.

"I just want to say... Birmingham [and] London, you guys have been great," Blake said.

"Birmingham people, you guys take care of us. We have to give you all the respect Birmingham."

Bolt's cousin, Maureen Davis, lives in Wolverhampton and attended a dinner at the university with him last month to welcome the Jamaican team.

Her son George said: "I still cannot believe it after all these years that I'm related to the fastest man on earth."

He said watching Bolt win the sprint double on Thursday was "such a proud moment" for the whole family.

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