Bolt leads Jamaica into final, USA run year's fastest time

Henrietta Strickland
August 13, 2017

The changeover to Talbot was excellent and the bend specialist didn't disappoint as America and Jamaica realised they were already playing catch-up.

Usain Bolt's bid to bring the curtain down on his glittering career with a 15th world gold medal remained on track as Jamaica qualified for the final of the 4x100m relay.

Mitchell-Blake went onto see off Coleman as Great Britain secured gold with a time of 37.47 seconds - a British record with Japan securing third place.

Rather than bemoaning a far from fitting end to the 30-year-old's distinguished career, the crowd inside London Stadium were lost in celebration for the victorious home nation. "It's hard to be sad because of the energy I'm getting from the crowd", said the Jamaican, who suffered a rare defeat in the 100 meters when he took bronze.

And it looked set to be the Americans who would stand in his way after they ran a world-leading time of 37.70s in the heats. They also advanced to the final.

There was at least one veteran who did produce Saturday as Sally Pearson got another gold medal at the Olympic Stadium in London after missing much of the past two seasons because of injury.

Trey Hardee of the United States hit the third hurdle and clattered into the next one during the 110-meter hurdles to end his medal chances in the decathlon at the world championships. If he wins he will be the first athlete to have swept the event at youth, junior and senior level.

The victory made it a night of double relay delight for the hosts as the women's team of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita won silver in 42.12s.

Gatlin, who beat Coleman and Bolt to 100m gold last weekend, has previously expressed his opinion that his long-time rival will return to the sport in the future and reiterated those thoughts following an unbecoming farewell for the eight-time Olympic champion.

He handed the baton on in ideal style to Darren Talbot who maintained the lead around the top bend before giving Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake enough of a lead that he might be able to hold off the chasing Coleman and crucially Bolt.

"I dreamed about this day", said Gatlin after the race, per Matt Bonesteel and Bryan Flaherty of The Washington Post.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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