Great Britain snatch 4x100m relay as Usain Bolt's career ends in injury


The atmosphere in London's Olympic Stadium was odd before the race, not in the past decade has there been doubt about Usain Bolt's ability to cross the finish line first, be it in an individual or team race.

Usain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semi-final in the 4x100 meters relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.

Rather than bemoaning a far from fitting end to the 30-year-old's distinguished career, the crowd inside London Stadium were lost in celebration for the victorious home nation.

Bowie, who won the 100 meters this week, ran a strong anchor leg, leaving behind the opposition to finish in 41.82 seconds.

The carnival atmosphere continued in London's Olympic Stadium despite Bolt's collapse to the track even though the Jamaican team of Omar McLeod, Julian Forte, Yohan Blake and then Bolt never made it across the line. Hopefully, he'll be remembered for the successes in his career, rather than the disappointing end of it.

"A gold medal here was my main goal for this season but certainly I would like to raise the bar a bit higher".

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It completed a great night for the host nation's sprinters after their women had earlier taken silver behind the Americans in the sprint relay, their best performance since the first championships in 1983. Another German, Kai Kazmirek, is in bronze-medal position with 7,796 points.

The event is one of the most loaded of the world championships. "He's wonderful, he's a legend, he's built such a legacy that athletes around the world will be able to use going into their career".

Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson could well add a second world title to her trophy cabinet and banish memories of two years of injury hell.

Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic finished second in 89.73m, ahead of fellow countryman Petr Frydrych on 88.32m. Germany won the second heat in 42.34.

Defending champion Ashton Eaton retired this year after winning the last two Olympic and world titles.

Apart from Jamaica, United States, Great Britain, Japan, Turkey, France, China and Canada will also compete for a medal in the event.