Athletics-Slick Britain win shock 4x100 relay gold as Bolt pulls up

Ebony Scott
August 13, 2017

Usain Bolt's farewell appearance at the world championships ended in disastrous fashion as he pulled up injured on the final leg of the men's 4x100m relay Saturday.

Bolt, who suffered his first 100m defeat in nine years on August 5, apparently had a pulled leg only 30 meters into the race.

Mitchell-Blake, who had to settle for fourth in the individual 200m, roared with delight at the finish in scenes similar to Mark Lewis-Francis' cries of triumph when he crossed the line at the 2004 Athens Olympics to earn Britain sprint relay gold.

More booing too for 100m gold medal victor Justin Gatlin on his entry, who ran the second leg with the American team along with Mike Rodgers, Jaylen Bacon and Christian Coleman, who won the individual gold.

Britain took silver in 42.12 and two-time defending champion Jamaica earned bronze in 42.19.

Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson could well add a second world title to her trophy cabinet and banish memories of two years of injury hell.

The glitter that has cascaded upon Usain Bolt throughout his incredible career was nowhere to be seen in London, instead the eight-time Olympic champion was spiked with bad luck that led to a disaster.

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"We can try and be the best in our country and we will still come together as a team and hopefully we won't have to wait another 13 years for a global title". We are confident we can win.

Apart from Jamaica, United States, Great Britain, Japan, Turkey, France, China and Canada will also compete for a medal in the event. I am sorry he got this injury. "He is still the best in the world", Gatlin said. The German beat Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic by 16 centimeters.

"We really wanted to send him off in style, send him off with a gold medal". Named a World Athlete of the Year and Track & Field Athlete of the Year in seasons past, he holds a trio of Olympic titles in the 200-meter event.

Rio Olympic champions USA team regained the women's 4x100m world crown which they last won at the 2011 Daegu worlds, as they sailed to victory in 41.82 seconds.

The Jamaican super star will call time on his illustrious career after the IAAF World Championships in London.

Team GB's first ever Men's 4x100m World Championship success followed the silver medal won by Team GB Women.

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