Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Bolt leads Jamaica into 4x100 final; United States advances

Bolt leads Jamaica into 4x100 final; United States advances Bolt leads Jamaica into 4x100 final; United States advances
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 00:59

Usain Bolt pulled up early and crashed to the track in the 4x100-meter relay final at the world championships in London on Saturday night.

Jamaica's team consisted of Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte, Michael Campbell and Usain Bolt.

Gatlin was booed every time he was introduced to the crowd at the London Stadium at the weekend, with spectators also jeering once it was clear that the 2004 Olympic champion had won 100m gold and ruined the retiring Bolt's farewell.

American veteran Dawn Harper Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.

The race comes as Jamaican track and field legends Merlene Ottey and Bolt shared an iconic moment in London this week, when the "sprint queen" visited with local athletes at the World Championships.

On the last day of his global career, fans jostled for space to have a glimpse of Bolt at the warm-up arena, adjacent to the stadium and television cameras were fixed at him to have a shot of the towering Jamaican.

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

There may never have been an anti-climax in sport quite as deflating as Saturday's 100 metres final when Bolt, in his last solo race, proved both beatable and stoppable, defeated by the two-time doping offender Justin Gatlin.

Bolt told the BBC post-race that, "I enjoy relays more than anything".

Bolt has left the world of athletics with an incredible legacy and his country Jamaica can be proud that once again it has given the world a superstar, just like it did when Bob Marley's music became a global phenomenon.

The top three from each of the two heats and next two fastest finishers from the remaining qualify for the final round.

Coe, now the head of the world athletics body, the IAAF, later said he believed Gatlin should have been banned for life in 2006, when he was found guilty of using illegal drugs for the second time. But the medal payouts are a pittance compared to decent endorsement deals: In 2016, Jamaica paid roughly $10,000 for each gold medal an athlete brought home.

"They've been outstanding so far, and continue to surprise me and give me energy", Bolt said.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling". "All I knew was I wanted to give it everything I've got".

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.

'We have been training that relay, there were some camps. The event would be the finals of men's 4x100m relay and all eyes will be on sprint king, Usain "lightening" Bolt.

The Netherlands, with 200-meter champion Dafne Schippers running the second leg, qualified on time.