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Birmingham wins race for Usain Bolt

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Birmingham City Council has won the race to play host to the fastest man on earth when the Olympic Games come to the UK in 2012.

A new world record time of 9.58 seconds for the 100m set was by the Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt at the world championships in Berling at the weekend.

Birmingham’s council leader Mike Whitby had been in Germany to persuade Jamaica Track and Field to use Birmingham for its training camp ahead of the Games.

Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association President Howard Aris confirmed an agreement had been reached after two days of talks with a council delegation led by Cllr Whitby.

Mr Aris said: “Birmingham representatives came to Jamaica earlier this year and we’ve been very impressed with what the city has to offer.

“So I’m delighted to announce that the Jamaica Track and Field team will be using Birmingham as their training location in 2012.”

Cllr Whitby added: “This is terrific news for the whole city and underlines our efforts to play a significant role in 2012.

“We came here hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding with Jamaica but we’ve gone one better and it’s exciting for the whole of Birmingham to think that such a high profile team will be based in our city.”

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