Britain win 4x100 meters relay as Bolt pulls up

Posted August 13, 2017

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.

Just hours after Bolt lost to Gatlin, Coe had said that the American would not have won the gold here had he been handed a lengthier “eight-year ban, which would have in essence been a life ban” for his second dope offence in 2006.

Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita ran a collective time of 42.19 seconds to finish behind gold-winners USA.

"I've done my best as always; went out there and gave my all and I'm just happy to be here and looking forward to the 4×100", added, the 100m and 200m world record holder who has helped Jamaica win the last four world 4×100 titles.

Fans flocking to the London Stadium on Saturday will probably be treated to a double dose of the 30-year-old sprint legend as Bolt plans to take part in the relay heats in the day's first session.

Eighty meters in, Ta Lou appeared to be the woman who would engineer a surprise win, but Bowie's breakneck lunge at the line, as she and Ta Lou crossed simultaneously-with Bowie tumbling onto the track-ultimately put her atop of the podium.

For me the whole event has been overshadowed by controversy, particularly over the drugs issue - a problem that's gone on for so many years now.

Bolt has amassed eight Olympic golds and 14 world medals, 11 of which are gold, the Jamaican having won two silvers in 2007 before his 100m bronze in London. In the last decade or so nearly the only world class Jamaican sprinter who hasn't failed a drug test is Bolt, and the cheaters have helped haul in a glittering array of medals for Jamaica. I get so much support from the crowd. "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.

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.

Growing up in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica - a village in the rugged and remote interior of the Caribbean island - he spent his time playing soccer and cricket until his first coach, Pablo McNeil, saw his talent and started coaching him in running.

Sadly I think some of the same sort of public relations may be in play with the current ban by the IAAF on Russian Federation. It was Gatlin in 2004. "I'll call it lessons, lessons, lessons".

"I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c'mon", he said.

Despite winning the heat, Gatlin took a knee to show his respect for Bolt.

"It doesn't change anything", Bolt said. Upon their race, every athlete is met by a team of three coaches; one hands them a Gatorade (blue, red or orange - which I am not convinced are technically flavours), the next asks if they are feeling any tension in their bulging muscles and then the third asks the athlete question upon question about every other competitor in the event.

"I'm OK now and glad I've come through tonight". I will miss the sport for sure, but I get a chance to live and travel when I want.