Usain Bolt's last race, London 2017 4x100m relay

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

An 11-time gold medalist at the World Championships Bolt has always been excited when it comes to running the relays.

The Jamaican bowed from his 100-metre career during the week falling to shock third place behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. "I enjoy relays more than anything".

Earlier in the morning's session, Great Britain women's 4x100m team - Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita - eased through to the final, stopping the clock in 41.93 seconds - a new season's best.

Needless to say, Gatlin had few allies last weekend in London Stadium (though Usain Bolt congratulated his rival and allegedly told him that he did not deserve to be booed).

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

It was the first time Bolt had lost a World Championships 100m final he had started, having been disqualified for a false start in Daegu in 2011.

American sprinter, Justin Gatlin, has accused the media of sensationalizing his rivalry with 8-time Olympic champion, Usain Bolt. Subsequently, Thompson has patently been the pre-eminent sprint figure on the women's circuit, including running 10.71, the world's fastest women's 100 this year, at the Jamaican national championships in late June. And the result in the relay is no longer a foregone conclusion.

"My team did a great job", said Gatlin, the oldest of the squad at 35. "I did 18 years of track and field and I've been retired five years, and they're still talking about me, so I guess I still have it".

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

The Elaine Thompson-led Jamaica, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago are among the favourites to advance from the second heat.

Bolt anchored the quartet to victory in 37.95 seconds in their heat at London Stadium. For he is just one of a suspicious number of Bolt's Jamaican teammates who, like Gatlin, have returned to competition after testing positive for PEDs.

"They came out here and did the job we wanted them to do, and that's to get us to the finals".

Spectators again jeered once it was clear that the 2004 Olympic champion had won gold and ruined Bolt's farewell. "Over the years, this will be the team bringing in the golds". Jamaica's team missed out on the final.

The 27-year-old clocked 13 minute 35.69 second, almost one second better than his earlier personal best of 13:36.62, in the first round heat number one which earned him a 15th spot in a top class field, featuring defending champion Mo Farah from Great Britain. It's also probably easier now than ever to get caught consuming them.

Jamaica, Germany, Italy and Ukraine are the main candidates for the top spots in Heat 2.

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.

Felix has won 14 medals at the world championships and can move up to 16 if she runs the 4×400 relay and the United States wins medals in both events. His 9.85-second run was the third fastest in Olympic history.

Britain's Mo Farah arrived at his home Olympics as a serious contender to be the best long-distance runner in the world and by the end of the championships he had proved that he was (10,000m and 5000m gold double).

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