Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Jamaican team hold Usain Bolt's fate in their hands

Jamaican team hold Usain Bolt's fate in their hands

'We kept warming up and waiting, then warming up and waiting.

Gatlin smiled as he replied with the quip: "Yeah, I've been around a long time". Forty minutes and two medal presentations before our run'.

The Jamaican quartet of Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte, Micheal Campbell and Bolt led the eight-team second heat from beginning to the end.

"(But) I personally think that we were held in the stadium a little too long without our clothes on, and there was a little draught in there.

Bolt's massively gutting end to his career came days after he finished third in his final 100m race.

The US were joined in a battle for first by Britain, and Mitchell-Blake showed sensational pace to get to the line first, with Bolt pulling up before dropping to the deck.

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GETTYMo Farah was knighted by the Queen at the beginning of the year

Mitchell-Blake went onto see off Coleman as Great Britain secured gold with a time of 37.47 seconds - a British record with Japan securing third place.

Bolt who earned the bronze medal earlier in the games after falling to Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in his signature 100-meter race he was looking to make his last statement one to remember. I think it got the better of us.

Jamaica's 110m hurdles world champion Omar McLeod - who ran the first leg - likewise pointed the finger at organizers for denying his country's greatest star a more fitting swansong.

"A lot of the pain is from disappointment from losing the race", Team Jamaica doctor Kevin Jones told reporters (via the Associated Press) about how Bolt was feeling after the event.

The official result was that Jamaica's team did not complete the race, but Bolt, who won 19 major championships in the career, was fully committed to complete his last race.

Yohan Blake has accused London 2017 organisers of causing the injury that wrecked Usain Bolt's farewell by leaving him waiting in the cold too long. He said that Usain Bolt's name will always be alive. "From 2008 on, Usain Bolt has done unbelievable things and tonight is not going to define who he is".

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