Legend Bolt signs off in pain as injury spoils farewell

 13 Aug 2017 - 1:45

Legend Bolt signs off in pain as injury spoils farewell
Usain Bolt (centre) falls on Jamaica’s anchor leg of the men’s 4x100m relay final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London yesterday.

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Usain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain yesterday.

Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third, but halfway down his leg the towering sprinter pulled up clutching his left thigh, eventually doing a forward roll to the ground, to gasps from the 60,000 sell out London Stadium.

The British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold in 37.47 seconds, with the Justin Gatlin-led US four taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan a surprise bronze (38.04).

Earlier, Tori Bowie became the first double gold medallist at the world championships, anchoring the US team to the 4x100-meter relay title ahead of Britain and Jamaica.

At the same time, Allyson Felix, running the second leg on the winning team, earned a record 15th medal at the world championships in a career going back to 2005.

Bowie, who won the 100 meters this week, ran a strong anchor leg, leaving behind the opposition to finish in 41.82 seconds.

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

Germany’s Johannes Vetter won the javelin yesterday as his great rival and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler missed out on the podium.

Vetter’s opening throw of 89.89 metres was enough to win the gold and the 24-year-old was overcome with emotion after clinching the title, mopping his tears on a German flag.

Czech Republic pair Jakub VaQatar’s Ahmed Budair finished 10th with a best throw of 81.77 metres.

 

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