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101-year-old medallist sends message to Olympic hero Usain Bolt

A Birmingham born woman who is 101 next month has praised Olympic hero Usain Bolt after she received a gold medal of her own for fitness.Agnes Jones wants to send a message to Bolt who last night paid tribute to Birmingham for hosting the Jamaican team's training camp.

Mrs Jones who has been watching the athlete's races from her nursing home in Shirley, Solihull said: "Very well done indeed. I hope he continues to do it."And she added: "He's a very nice young man, and he deserved it."

Mrs Jones, a grandmother and retired seamstress, has just won a gold medal from the charity NAPA - the National Association for the Providers of Activities for Older People.

The centenarian beat 308 other elderly people in a competition which involved bicep curls with baked bean tins and sit-to-stand repetitions.She can dash 50 metres in 54 seconds with the aid of her walking trolly.


Festival in Birmingham to celebrate 50 years of Jamaica's Independence

Festival in Birmingham to celebrate 50 years of Jamaica's Independence Credit: ITV Central

Birmingham is hosting a free 5 day festival to celebrate 50 years of Jamaica's Independence.

From today visitors will get a chance to enjoy music and food from the Carribbean.

The event follows the arrival of Jamaica's athletes before the Olympics.

Jamaica athletes at Olympic ceremony Credit: PA Pictures
  1. Steve Clamp

Jamaican team train in Birmingham - sans Bolt

Staying with the Olympics and there was disappointment today for hundreds of sports fans as Jamaica's biggest star, Usain Bolt failed to show at an open training session, despite assurances given, by his own team manager that he would be there.

The event at Birmingham University did give spectators the chance to see many medal hopfuls as they prepared for the Olympics, but without Bolt, it wasn't quite the afternoon many had hoped for.


Jamaican team "more than just one man"

Usain Bolt did not make an appearance at the Jamaican team's Track and Field open training session at the University of Birmingham today.

In a press conference earlier this afternoon, the team's management were quizzed about Bolt's no-show.

"I don't know where he is right now. He [Bolt] is 101 percent ready but the Jamaican team is much more than just one man"

– Don Quarrie, technical athletics manager

Jamaican Olympic team's welcome dinner hosted by Birmingham University

The Jamaican Olympic team will attend an official welcome dinner hosted by Birmingham University this evening.

The city's Jamaican population has welcomed the athletes as the country celebrates 50 years of independence.

The team arrived at the weekend and are using the university's facilities as a training base ahead of the games. The university believes it is a great chance to show what the second city has to offer.

  1. Charlotte Grant

Bolt in Birmingham, full report

In two weeks time some of the fastest men in the world will be arriving in the Midlands.

The Jamaica and USA teams will be based in Birmingham, as part of their final preparations before London 2012.

But there is one family that will be looking forward to their visit more than most.

Usain Bolt may live in Jamaica, but he has a cousin who lives here in the Midlands, so Central Tonight took her on a tour around what will be the Jamaican team's new home.

Charlotte Grant has this special report.

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