Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Bolt has one last chance for gold

Bolt has one last chance for gold

Usain Bolt has set himself up for a golden finish after anchoring Jamaica to a place in Saturday night's 4x100m relay final.

He will retire with a haul of eight Olympic Gold medals from three consecutive Olympic Games, an eleven-time world champion and three world records, one of which might never be broken in our life time, the 100 metres record of 9.58.

The USA clinch silver with a timing of 37.52 seconds and Japan took bronze in 38.04.

Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third but, halfway down the straight, the all-time great started clutching his left thigh, eventually falling to the ground. What's more, Gatlin denies him the crutch of old age, which Bolt could have leaned on to justify his retirement and/or rationalize this loss.

An 11-time gold medalist at the World Championships Bolt has always been excited when it comes to running the relays.

And so it proved, Bolt trailing home in third behind Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin or Drug Cheat Justin Gatlin-Booooo to give him his official BBC name.

"I'm just showing respect", said Bolt.

"We will go and prepare well for tonight", said Michael Rogers, who ran the first leg for the United States. 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.

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.

The women's high jump, the other gold medal event, where Russian athlete Maria Lasitskene, competing under the Authorized Neutral Athlete category, is the strongest contender.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling". It's hard to be sad, it's wonderful and it's been brilliant.

"I'm sorry for not being able to finish on a win, but I thank you for your support", was launched to the crowd the one who has been the hero of the evening, even in defeat, and, good player, has been offered a brace of good, thanks to his executioner. They said if you come back we should accept that.

Yohan Blake is still doubtful to run for Jamaica in the final as he struggles with injury. We have been training that relay, there were some camps. He owns the world record in the 100m, 200m and as part of the 4x100m Jamaican relay team.

Olympic champions United States won the first heat in a world leading time of 41.84 seconds, even in the absence of individual 100m champion Torie Bowie.

It's not the most intimidating Jamaican quartet - it does not have the aura of the teams that have won the event at every major championship since 2008 - the team that has beaten its nearest rival by an average of.20 seconds since 2009.

Switzerland (42.50) qualified with the fourth fastest time overall while Netherlands (42.64), Brazil (42.77) and Trinidad and Tobago (42.91) completed the final round line-up.

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