Usain Bolt Pulls Up Injured In Final Race Of His Career


Thunderclap over London: the superstar of sprint Usain Bolt has missed his farewell with the 100-m being deprived of a final world title by the bad, loved Justin Gatlin, income from a suspension of four years for doping and sacred under the jeers of the public.

The last time Jamaica lost a world championship final was in Bolt's rookie year, 2007, when he ran the second leg and took silver behind the Americans.

The British women's quartet of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita were impressive, finishing their heat second to the United States of America in 41.93sec - their quickest ever time at the worlds. What's more, Gatlin denies him the crutch of old age, which Bolt could have leaned on to justify his retirement and/or rationalize this loss.

Running the second leg, Felix and her teammates crossed first in a season's leading time of 41.84 seconds, beating Britain and Switzerland.

Bolt took the unusual step of racing the relay heats, something usually reserved for the more unheralded members of the squad.

"It probably would've been even worse", Bolt said.

Jamaica are aiming for a fifth successive world title in the event but will face a stiff challenge from the US who won the first heat in 37.70 seconds, with Christian Coleman, silver medalist in the 100 meters, running the anchor leg.

They also advanced to the final.

Usain Bolt Pulls Up Injured In Final Race Of His Career

He hobbled and went down in agony as Britain kept on going to hold off the United States of America and take gold.

Coe has always been a hardliner on doping, believing second time offenders like Gatlin should have life bans - however that view has fallen foul of the legal system when athletes have gone to court to challenge such punishments. Bolt routinely slowed down before crossing the finish line. His Jamaican team had also won the 4x100m relay gold in Beijing but it had to return the medal after one member of the quartet - Nesta Carter - tested positive for a prohibited substance. "I don't think it gets any worse than that", he said, referring to the problems in Russian Federation.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling". Say, for instance, when you're growing up, you're walking down the street, you've got to tell everybody good morning. They said if you come back we should accept that.

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.

Defending champions Jamaica (42.50) finished second behind Germany (42.34) in the second heat.

'We have been training that relay, there were some camps.

Both Great Britain's men's and women's 4x100m teams safely made it through to their finals.

Completing the final lineup were the Netherlands, featuring twice 200m champion Dafne Schippers, and 2015 bronze medallists Trinidad and Tobago.

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