Bolt pulls up injured as Britain wins 4x100m relay

Posted August 13, 2017

We had a 100m winner Gatlin booed to the rafters and a 200m victor Ramil Guliyev, whose winning time was almost a second slower than Bolt's best and who ended up being interrogated in the victory press conference about his adopted country Turkey's doping record.

Bolt's presence ensured a capacity crowd for the morning session. "I just have to recover", he said.

For the better part of the past decade, Bolt has been 100 percent reliable in getting relay gold for the island nation.

Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and CJ Ujah ran a collective time of 37.47 seconds to beat favourites US to first place and claim gold - their first since 2004.

Justin Gatlin didn't get a nice reaction from the crowd as he received his World championship gold medal for winning the 100m race in the London Stadium. Bolt would for a long while remain a colossus in the minds of sporting fans across the globe.

The United States, with Gatlin running the second leg, won the first heat in a world-leading time of 37.70 seconds.

Let's consider Ms Danniel Thomas-Dodd, the first Jamaican to make a shot put final, who placed fourth after coming within a whisker of taking a bronze medal.

"My team did a great job", said Gatlin, the oldest of the squad at 35. "They wanted me to go for one more season".

Christian Coleman took silver in the 100 ahead of Bolt and it gave the USA team an added boost.

Henry added: "We have a unique bond, in terms of confidence we've got it so its all about the speed".

Farah won the 10,000m title last Saturday when he left the track battered and bruised and needing three stitched to his leg after he was tripped. Bolt, anchoring the team, pulled up and fell to the ground in agony as there was no heartwarming ending to his athletics career.

Here we have had the corny "kiss cams" and dance-offs but they don't create the energetic environment athletics chiefs are hoping for.

"You don't allow them in and then still condemn them", said the 58-year-old.

Those quicksilver feet which always dealt in gold have another chance to obey his command as he seeks to bring down the curtain on his matchless sprint career and land a 20th global championship title in the 4 x 100 metres relay.

Also, there have been several disappointing performances elsewhere, not least yesterday when women's sprint hurdles defending champion Miss Danielle Williams was eliminated in the semi-final.

Allyson Felix stayed in line to become the athlete with the most medals in world championships history when she helped the American relay team qualify. They share your fear and they also share your hopelessness, because they know how it ultimately ends.

Germany clocked 42.34 seconds for the victory, well ahead of Jamaica, who crossed the line in 42.50.

Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result, and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the flawless time to retire.

The Caribbean's medal count at the IAAF World Championship yesterday ticked to six with two bronze wins by two Caribbean athletes yesterday, August 10, 2017.