A limp-y end to Bolt’s career
The decorated career of ‘The World’s Fastest Man’ – Usain Bolt came to an ironic end after the world-record holder pulled up injured in the final leg of the men’s 4×100 metres relay at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London on August 12.
After the Rio Olympics, Bolt had declared that he had three or four athletic meets left in his career and envisioned that the London World Championships would be his last, and he would end his career with his favourite event, the 4×100 metre relay.
Clocking 9.58 seconds in the 2009 World Championships, Bolt shattered the world record in the 100 metres sprint, completing yet another gold rush. Eight years and six Olympic gold medals later, Bolt had to stay content with only a bronze in the individuals’ event finishing behind popular rival, Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman both representing the United States of America (USA).
Bolt’s teammates were furious with the organisers and blamed the poor time management for Bolt’s dramatic injury during the 4x100m relay. Jamaican sprinter and Olympic medallist Yohan Blake furiously revealed that Bolt was really cold, which meant that his muscles were not warm enough to cope with the strain. “They said the race would begin 10 minutes late but it was 40 minutes and two medal presentations later,” he told BBC Sport.
Kevin Jones, Jamaican team doctor remarked that the 30-year-old had a cramp in his left hamstring and that the injury was by no means ‘age related’. “The last three weeks have been hard for him; a lot of pain is from the disappointment of losing the race, his last race,” Jones said.
The Great Britain team consisting of Chijindu CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake clinched the relay gold, upsetting the favourites USA who had to settle for silver. Japan took the bronze after Bolt collapsed 15 strides into the home straight. A wheelchair was brought onto the track, but Bolt managed to limp his way to the medical room acknowledging the crowds that cheered him off for the last time in his career.
US sprinter and Olympic medallist Justin Gatlin said, “This was his night, hope he doesn’t dwell on how it went down. No one can judge him on this performance; he has done a lot in his whole history.” This had an irony of its own as Gatlin was booed by 56,000 people after his gold medal-winning run and even during the medal presentation at the London Stadium on August 5 after he beat Bolt.
Usain Bolt has ended his career with nearly every accolade in the field of short distance running achieved. He retires as the world record holder in 100 and 200 metres and with a staggering tally of 8 Olympic gold medals and 23 International gold medals.
Edited by Pravin C
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