Win or lose, 'lightning' Bolt is the king in swansong race

  • Win or lose, 'lightning' Bolt is the king in swansong race

Win or lose, 'lightning' Bolt is the king in swansong race

Usain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semi-final in the 4x100 meters relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.

But there was a sad end to the sprinting career of the great Usain Bolt, who pulled up injured on the anchor leg for Jamaica.

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.

Usain Bolt, who is from Jamaica, is unarguably the world's fasted human.

"Physically I am allright, there is a little bit of pain, but nothing a massage can't cure, I'm taking it easy", Bolt said of his condition two days after finishing third despite clocking his season's best-equalling 9.95 seconds in the 100 metres final.

Through most of the race, it looked as if Bolt would be trying to reel in Coleman, the NCAA champion, who was in Lane 5, and got out faster than anyone in the field.

Justin Gatlin, who many assume to be Bolt's arch-nemesis, thundered home ahead of the 6ft 5inch Jamaican, with his U.S. teammate Christian Coleman pipping Bolt to the line as well.

"I'm just showing respect", said Bolt. The Jamaican 4x100m relay team have been nearly unbeatable since he arrived on the big stage, winning gold at the past seven Olympics and World Championships.

The women's 4x100m final is at 9:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.). Justin Gatlin clocked in 9.92 seconds while USA's Christian Coleman registered 9.94 seconds to spoil Bolt's 9.95 seconds and his farewell party.

A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4. 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.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling. I think we need to do a better job of instructing all of what has been going on". "Honestly, I have just been chasing this number", Taylor said of the 18.29-meter mark. They may win their race, they might come last, but every one of them walks off the track utterly beaming to collect their protein shake from the team physio.

In the second heat, Germany beat two-time defending champion Jamaica to qualify along with Brazil. We have been training that relay, there were some camps.

Indeed, it's noteworthy that Yohan Blake also ran in this fateful race, coming in fourth.

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

Felix has won 14 medals at the world championships and can move up to 16 if she runs the 4x400 relay and the United States wins medals in both events.