Athletics: Usain Bolt anchors Jamaican 4x100 to victory

Bolt towers over his opponents. Pic Getty

Bolt towers over his opponents. Pic Getty

Usain Bolt's bid to bring the curtain down on his glittering career with a 15th world gold medal remained on track as Jamaica qualified for the final of the 4x100m relay.

The 100 and 200m world record holder, who also anchored the Jamaican squad to a world record in the relay of 36.84sec at the 2012 London Olympics, will be back at the track for the final at 2050 GMT. Win or lose, Saturday's race will be his last before he hangs up his spikes.

Such was the extent of his God given ability and his nearest rival usually finished meters behind.

Today we will look at some interesting facts about Usain Bolt who is also known as the world's fastest athlete. "We didn't educate people about all the drugs cheats and have presented him (Gatlin) as a villain". Bolt however would have none of it. Even so, the King of Athletics deserves this. Gatlin claimed to have never knowingly taken a banned substance, and that the only possible explanation he could think of was that his physical therapist, Christopher Whetstine, had rubbed testosterone-spiked cream on his legs prior to competition. That's all any of us should have a right to ask of any of our athletes.

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One week after Bolt's bronze in the 100m, he is expected to headline the Jamaican relay team in the last scheduled race of his illustrious career.

"Lord Coe's a part of the IAAF who set the rules, who set out the punishments, and when you serve the punishment you are supposed to be reinstated, which these athletes who have offended and abused some of these rules have, and if you don't want them in you should change the rules", said Nehemiah.

Earlier in the morning's session, Great Britain women's 4x100m team - Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita - eased through to the final, stopping the clock in 41.93 seconds - a new season's best.

"They are definitely running alongside us, and that's what we need". On Saturday, it felt surreal to anyone who's been at one of these Bolt victories before. This is a world filled with intrigue, drama and often great pain as many competitors from around the world see their dreams dashed at the very first hurdle. Did Bolt raise the bar to a degree where it's just not humanly possible to compete?

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Bolt, meanwhile, was insistent that neither Gatlin's win nor his own loss were disasters for track.

Bolt's third place performance sent shockwaves throughout the world, even days after the heat. It's nearly like Bolt's retirement has shifted the balance in favor of other sprinters and in a lot of ways, made the sport unpredictable. At least that's the line runners tell each other: "I am only running against myself". The sport has always been in the news for all of the wrong reasons. He's a phonemenal athlete capable of winning a race from the front, from behind, against teams who gang up on him and when opponents try and trip him up.

We had a 100m winner Gatlin booed to the rafters and a 200m victor Ramil Guliyev, whose winning time was almost a second slower than Bolt's best and who ended up being interrogated in the victory press conference about his adopted country Turkey's doping record.

Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result, and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the flawless time to retire.

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