Bolt leads Jamaica home in penultimate race

Sheri Evans
August 13, 2017

ON a very rare occasion in sports history, the bronze medalist received much more cheers and applause than the victor.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will meet in a final duel on the track after helping their teams qualify for the final of the 4x100-meter relay at the world championships. "It is just one of those things, thank you to London for all your love and appreciation", said Bolt, who was treated by the capacity crowd and the organizers as a victor, receiving undimished cheers and applause from the adoring spectators and doing the lap of honor as if he had won. I did it for the fans. "It doesn't change anything for me", Bolt said.

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.

"I had no idea", Bowie said after the thrilling ending, uncertain she had won until a photo finish confirmation. It would mean the world to me but at the same time I don't take it for granted.

"I'm excited to just live normally and get up and know that I have no training for once and can do what I want". Now to get ready for the final.

"I can't be a sore loser; throughout my career I've dominated".

In his trademark style, Bolt grabbed the baton from Campbell, who ran the third leg, and blasted ahead of all his rivals and slowed down while approaching the finish line to conserve energy for the finals.

The U.S. men took silver in 37.52 but for a nation that used to be totally dominant in the event, it was only their second medal in the last eight global finals after a series of world championship and Olympic disqualifications.

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Farah has already won the 10,000m, securing Great Britain's only medal of the World Championships so far.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe would have hoped for a deluge of eyebrow-raising moments at these World Championships.

"He is the best sprinter of all time", the British said a few days ago. "It would have been nice to see him win but it didn't happen and no-one is going to give it to you, no matter who you are, even Usain Bolt". But for those 20m I thought I am beating him.

"You can have the Friday-night-in-the-pub conversations about who is best footballer or tennis player, but there is no argument about this guy in sprinting". 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 put his name on my bib to have him close to my heart".

Think of those athletes who have done everything clean, but missed out.

Bolt usually runs in the 200m individual event but opted not to compete at that distance in London in his last major championships before he retires.

"He (Bolt) has been an anchor in our sport for a decade and he has had an extraordinary influence".

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