Usain Bolt cramp blamed on waiting for medal ceremonies

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt falls after injuring himself in the final of the men’s 4x100m relay athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium.- AFP
Usain Bolt cramp blamed on waiting for medal ceremonies
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16 August, 2017

Bolt was the dominant sprinter for close to a decade, claiming eight Olympic golds and 14 IAAF World Championship medals before a hamstring injury saw his career end in distressing circumstances as he failed to finish Saturday's 4x100m relay final.

But there was to be high drama as a visibly swearing Bolt pulled up in obvious pain, allowing the British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claim gold in 37.47 seconds, with the Justin Gatlin-led U.S. four taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan a surprise bronze (38.04).

Bolt, beaten into third in the 100m, ran the anchor leg for Jamaica, but pulled up injured as Neethaneel Mitchell-Blake drove GB to victory.

Jamaica finished in 37.95 seconds - slower than Great Britain and the U.S. from the first heat - but will be expected to challenge for the podium in this evening's final - Bolt's last race of his career.

Mitchell-Blake said: "I wasn't sure if I had won or not, I gave it my all but I could see Christian Coleman out of the corner of my eye".

Running in the final leg for Jamaica, Bolt pulled up with around 60m to go and tumbled to the track. The race was 10 minutes late and we were kept 40 minutes. Usain was getting cold and he said "I don't like" this. I think it got the better of us.

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"They were holding us too long", said Blake.

It triggered suggestions that Bolt could continue his career in order to try and seal the fairytale farewell he was hoping for - something he dismissed - but there were also questions over his desire to continue after the Rio Olympics and whether London 2017 was a year too far.

"I have shown my credentials throughout my career so losing my last race isn't going to change what I've done in my sport". But we have to be strict on this to keep the sport in a good light.

The 30-year-old Bolt, beaten into third in the individual 100m behind Gatlin and his U.S. team compatriot Christian Coleman, was comforted by teammates after getting to his feet, his face etched in pain.

"And, to be honest, it just felt right as we put in so much hard work, and it was in London, and everything was feeling right, we just felt we could do it and everything just felt right and I really believed we could win it tonight".


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