By Vijay, writer

Osaka World Championships 2007 silver medallist Maurice Smith is a well respected man in the city of Lauderhill, Florida, USA. He was presented with the Keys to the City of Lauderhill recently.

The City of Lauderhill, Florida (population 66,709), is located in the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area.

The image shared by Smith, read: “The City of Lauderhill proudly presents the Keys to our City … Maurice Smith, team captain 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing”

"You are always welcome to the city of Lauderhill," the city said of the 2007 Pan Am Games decathlon champion

Smith, who won silver in the men’s decathlon at the 2007 World Championships, worte “for my leadership abilities”

Smith represented Jamaica at 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and Beijing, China, finishing in 14th place and 8th respectively. He broke the Pan American Games decathlon record in 2007, winning his first international gold medal.

He won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2007 World Championships. Smith is the current Jamaica record holder in the men's decathlon, with 8644 points. He also won medals at Commonwealth Games, CAC Senior Championships, and Carifta Games for Jamaica.

Several to congratulatory comments, including Jamaican athlete Jason Morgan.

“Congrats mi bredda. Well deserved. We all appreciate and love you. You are a true leader and a example of a champion,” Morgan said.

Zara Northover, who represented Jamaica at the 2008 Olympic Games, said:

“This makes me smile. I'm so proud of you Maurice Smith aka Mr. Top 10. Soon you'll have the key to everyone's city as I know you have the key to heaven and God's been shinning down on you.”


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