LONDON 2017: Jamaica finish second to qualify for women's 4x100 final

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

Aug 5, 2017; London, United Kingdom; Usain Bolt (JAM) reacts after placing third in the 100m in 9.95 in his last individual race of his career during the IAAF World Championships in Athletics at London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Usain Bolt's final 100m solo sprint should have been a fairy tale ending but the pantomime villain secured his own place in athletics' history and Bolt finished in third place with Gatlin's fellow American Christian Coleman coming second.

Gatlin, who was twice banned from track and field after testing positive for drugs, clocked 9.92 for the gold medal, Coleman took silver at 9.94 seconds, and Bolt, 9.95 for bronze. Mills believed that Bolt could become the best 200m and 400m sprinter in the world, in the mold of American great Michael Johnson. The contrast was also striking between the walkabout that had the right Bolt, and the output nearly on the sly and under the whistles of Gatlin, which has put an end to an unbeaten 9 years of Jamaican big competition.

Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita ran a collective time of 42.19 seconds to finish behind gold-winners USA. By 10pm the sport will have entered the post-Bolt era.

This past Saturday, Brooklyn-born Justin Gatlin, at 35 years old, defeated the once indomitable Usain Bolt in the 100-meter finals with a winning time of 9.92.


Bolt, who many had hoped to end his solo career with a 12 gold medal, fell short to the US' Justin Gatlin last Saturday.

Spectators again jeered once it was clear that the 2004 Olympic champion had won gold and ruined Bolt's farewell.

The top three from each of the two heats and next two fastest finishers from the remaining qualify for the final round.

No one is flawless, it is argued, and although Gatlin has received two suspensions for failed drugs tests, people point to the circumstances around his first ban, and giving him another chance after his second. He plans to anchor Jamaica's always formidable 4x100 relay team this weekend at the world competition.

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Just behind were Brazil in 42.77, while a Trinidad and Tobago team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hacket and Khalifa St Fort might have expected to finish with a quicker time than 42.91 and a higher placing than fourth, although they still progressed.

Bolt acknowledged that Yohan Blake would likely come in for the final, all the while praising his less experienced relay teammates. He wants to run in the final and has been taking part in relay training here.

Defending champions Jamaica (42.50) finished second behind Germany (42.34) in the second heat.

It was the first time Bolt had been beaten at a major championships since the 4x100m relay at the 2007 worlds in Osaka.


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