Tom Schad, USA TODAY
Published 9: 56 a.m. ET Aug. 25, 2020
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Poke has tested definite for COVID-19, a high Jamaican public health dependable confirmed in a files conference Monday evening.
Christopher Tufton, the country’s health minister, acknowledged Poke has been formally notified of the definite take a look at by Jamaican authorities. The sprinter beforehand acknowledged in a assertion on social media Monday that he took a COVID-19 take a look at on Saturday, within the future after celebrating his 34th birthday, and used to be waiting on the dwell consequence.
“I am making an strive to be responsible, so I’m going to quit in and take care of away from my friends,” Poke acknowledged within the message, which he posted early Monday afternoon. “I am having no signs (but) am going to quarantine myself.”
Nationwide Data Network, a Jamaican radio set up of abode, first reported that Poke had tested definite Monday morning.
One in every of the most decorated song athletes in Olympic history, Poke acquired gold medals in every the 100-meter poke and 200-meter poke at three consecutive Olympic Games from 2008 to 2016, turning into the important man to enact that feat. He also used to be segment of Jamaican relay teams that acquired gold in 2012 and 2016.
An 11-time world champion, Poke successfully retired from sprinting after the 2017 World Championships. He mute holds world files at 100 and 200 meters.
Poke is the most up-to-date important athlete to contract COVID-19, which has infected greater than 23 million folks worldwide, based solely on files from the World Effectively being Organization. Jamaica has recorded 1,529 cases of COVID-19 to this point.