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Bolt injured in final race of career

In what was expected to be the last competitive race of his career, Usain St Leo Bolt pulled up with an apparent left leg injury during the anchor leg of the men's 4x100-meter final on Saturday. Photo: AP/Matthias Schrader
The fastest man in the world, Usain St Leo Bolt, pulls up in the final race of his stellar career. Photo: Twitter
The fastest man in the world, Usain St Leo Bolt, pulls up in the final race of his stellar career. Photo: Twitter
The legend Usain St Leo Bolt is assisted by his teammates. Photo: Instagram
The legend Usain St Leo Bolt is assisted by his teammates. Photo: Instagram
LONDON, United Kingdom - Usain St Leo Bolt was ramping into warp speed when suddenly, stunningly, the sprint turned into a somersault.

Fifteen steps into the final homestretch of his final race, something gave in Bolt's left hamstring. The World's Fastest Man skittered to a stop, hopping, skipping, jumping and finally dropping to the ground and tumbling forward before coming to a rest.

While the winning team from Britain crossed the finish line, Bolt was writhing on the track, where he wound up chest down with his face pressed into Lane 5. He was certainly every bit as stunned as any of the 60,000-plus who packed the stadium Saturday or the millions watching one of the world's most entertaining showmen make his final curtain call in the 4x100-meter relay at the world championships.

There was no celebration -- no gold, no silver, not even a consolation bronze, which Bolt received a week earlier in his final 100-meter race.

Jamaica closed the night with DNF by its name: Did Not Finish. Bolt was helped into a wheelchair but eventually got to his feet and, assisted by his teammates, limped gingerly across the finish line. He gave a few waves to the crowd then left for the trainer's room and, with that, presumably exited track and field forever.

The Jamaica Gleaner reported that Bolt would have an MRI on his hamstring Sunday to determine the extent of the damage.

Watching track's No. 1 sprinter and celebrity fall to the ground was nothing short of jaw-dropping -- so much so that the fact that Britain won the race, outrunning a United States team that, somewhat amazingly, didn't drop the baton, almost seemed like an afterthought.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake held off U.S. anchorman Christian Coleman down the stretch, and the Brits won their first world title in the 4x100 in 37.47 seconds.

Bolt went cold?

When Bolt took the baton from Yohan Blake for his final homestretch, he was in third place, but that was no cause for concern. In virtually each of the seven relay golds he has won at the Olympics and world championships, Bolt has reeled in the competition down the stretch and won going away, much the same as his 100 victories have played out.

Five years and one day earlier, on the very same track, Bolt helped Jamaica set the world record. That run of 36.84 seconds earned Bolt the sixth of nine Olympic victories, though one relay win was vacated by a teammate's doping violation.

But last week in the 100, Bolt's extra gear was not enough to catch Coleman, who finished second, or to hold off Justin Gatlin, the oft-booed American who came from behind to finish first.

Could he have caught his relay competition in this one? Nobody will ever know. Bolt was gaining no ground at the 30-meter mark, which is when he felt the pain in his leg and went tumbling.

Afterward, there was plenty of second-guessing to be done. Most of it came at the expense of the IAAF, which made the sprinters wait about 40 minutes from the time they were summoned from the warm-up room to the time the starting gun went off.

"I think this is crazy," Blake said. "Forty minutes. Waiting. Warming up. Waiting. Warming up. It just should not happen. To have your champion go out like that, it's crazy."

Said Gatlin, who remains insistent that Bolt will be back someday: "We lost all of our heat, all of our sweat, and we went out there cold." (ESPN.COM)

12 Responses to “Bolt injured in final race of career”

  • keep it real (13/08/2017, 11:17) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
    some excuse because he lost a few days ago
  • PROUD BVISLANDER. (13/08/2017, 11:27) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    WHAT A BRILLIANT ATHLETE, FINE PERSON, CARING COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND PERFECT ROLE MODEL FOR THE WORLD'S YOUTH..SAD HE IS INJURED BUT HIS DIGNITY WILL FOREVER BE IN OUR MINDS IN EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE.
  • yardie (13/08/2017, 11:35) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is still our hero
  • Lord o (13/08/2017, 11:41) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bad decision by Bolt and his management team. When I heard he running 100 I knew it was a mistake. 200 is his best race.. Always been his best race. . He would have won that. He would have gone out with the perfect ending..Sad.. So Sad...He is still the best ever. I always put him in the same class as MJ....
  • LOL (13/08/2017, 12:38) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    gatlin broke he down
  • @keep it real (13/08/2017, 14:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You should have been running instead. The Bible speaks about judging others. Stop being judgemental. Need to be educated.
  • give it up while you're ahead (13/08/2017, 15:56) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    He gone out in shame just like actspectation
  • mi (14/08/2017, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Keep it real just to hell and don't come back!!! Damn it .
  • Peace1 (14/08/2017, 18:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all live there....lack of love...judging others....kill to gain... no peace with self and others . And no humility.
    When have Notting good to say. Stay quiet
  • egg face (16/08/2017, 23:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    One Love!
  • Jim (17/08/2017, 13:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Should have retired in the last olympic....
  • bless up (21/08/2017, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man earn 100 million dollars in his career - That is not a loser - Big up to lighting Bolt.


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