Injury Floors Bolt And Ruins Final Farewell

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

Justin Gatlin, who added relay silver to his individual gold from earlier on at the championships, reiterated his belief that Bolt would stage a comeback in time for the 2019 world titles in Doha after a hard campaign in London.

An apparent leg injury ended Usain Bolt's 4x100 meter relay final early on Saturday.

Despite announcing his imminent retirement, the relay may not be the final time Bolt runs on the track should he decide to return to the Nitro Athletics meeting he helped establish in Australia next year.

Bolt's team mates complained that a 45-minute wait in the call room before the race had hampered their preparations.

"I was on the 2004 Olympic team when we lost to Great Britain then pretty much in the same fashion, with Maurice Greene", said Gatlin at a news conference, before turning to the gold medallists and asking: "What were you doing in 2004?"

"It was cold. Usain said to me "I don't like this", because we keep on warming up, and sitting, and warming up".

Blake said the lengthy wait in cold conditions contributed to Bolt's injury. "40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run". But it was ridiculous.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist didn't remain on the ground for long. "I think it got the better of us", he said.

Bolt who ended his 100m career with a bronze on last Sunday looks to kiss goodbye to his sprinting career with gold in the relay.

The Jamaican champion eventually waved the medics - and the wheelchair - away and with the other three Jamaican team members now around him he walked to the line.

Saturday night was not exactly a warm one in London and Omar McLeod, who began Jamaica's effort, echoed Blake's frustration with the organisers.

Jamaican team doctor Dr Kevin Jones told AFP that Bolt had suffered from "cramp in his left hamstring".

The second speaks about the winning spirit that Usain Bolt demonstrated in Stratford Stadium last week.

TROWBRIDGE'S Danny Talbot became a world champion tonight as Great Britain's men's 4x100m relay quartet claimed a stunning gold medal at the World Championships in London.

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