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Usain Bolt passes Barton to the next generation

13 August, 2017, 22:52 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Usain Bolt kneels at the finish line during his retirement ceremony following the World Athletics Championships in London

Bolt took the baton for Jamaica in third place but within a few strides he had fallen to the ground, clutching his left leg, as host Britain secured a shock gold ahead of a United States team containing Justin Gatlin.

While the Jamaican lay prone, it was Britain who crossed the line first in a world-leading time of 37.47 seconds, the USA - booed upon entry with 100m champion Justin Gatlin on the second leg - second with 37.52secs and Japan taking the bronze.

Instead, Tori Bowie was the unlikely first double gold medalist at the championships, anchoring the US team to the 400-meter relay title ahead of Britain and Jamaica.

Despite announcing his imminent retirement, the relay may not be the final time Bolt runs on the track should he decide to return to the Nitro Athletics meeting he helped establish in Australia next year.

"A hero of the sport to go down like that, as a true friend, I didn't like it one bit", Blake said. "They were holding us too long in the call room", he said. Usain was really cold. He ran his last individual race, the 100m, last Saturday, managing only a bronze; no fairytale finish for him.

Jamaica's team doctor later said that the 30-year-old had suffered a hamstring cramp. There will undoubtedly be a void left in track racing now that Bolt will not be racing. I think we have introduced him as a villain.

Gatlin, who beat Bolt to gold in the 100m last Saturday, agreed with the complaints and laid the blame at the television scheduling for the event. I don't want to say this, I understand we need to be ready early, but I think we took our clothes off a little too early. "Bolt was running out there cold".

Said Forte: "They kept us in the call room for an extremely long time in our running kits and it's not the warmest over here".

Omar McLeod said: 'It's heart wrenching.

In that time there were two medal ceremonies, including the presentation of a 5,000m silver medal to Mo Farah, and Blake claimed the wait, which was exacerbated by a 10-minute delay to the scheduled start, caused Bolt's injury.

The second speaks about the winning spirit that Usain Bolt demonstrated in Stratford Stadium last week.

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