Usain Bolt to leave void after running final relay leg Saturday

Usain Bolt falls to the ground after injuring himself in the final race of his glittering career

Usain Bolt falls to the ground after injuring himself in the final race of his glittering career

He ran his last individual race, the 100m, last Saturday, managing only a bronze; no fairytale finish for him.

However, Gatlin's agent Renaldo Nehemiah, a former 110m hurdles world record holder, was scathing about Coe's remarks.

The Caribbean's medal count at the IAAF World Championship yesterday ticked to six with two bronze wins by two Caribbean athletes yesterday, August 10, 2017. The several boos and jeers that reverberated through the length and breadth of the London Olympics Stadium on the night that Gatlin "stole" Bolt's crown were indicative of the fans' detestation for cheating and cheats, and by inference their fear for the future of athletics.

Bolt's speed and charisma made him a household name.

The Jamaican sprinter pulls up on the last leg of the 4x100m relay on Saturday night
The Jamaican sprinter pulls up on the last leg of the 4x100m relay on Saturday night

Bolt stepped out on the track for the second heat, and the Jamaicans needed him. "It was always going to end, no matter what happened - win, lose or draw".

After easing past the finish line, Bolt ran down the track as he usually does and clapped towards the crowd. Sadly though, he was stripped of one his Olympic gold medals after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bolt is not the one that was crushing everything in its path with chronos from elsewhere, but this outcome was finally like a relief to an athlete who has dedicated his life to his sport from a very young age.

The first instance was in 2011 when he faltered with a false start in the 100 metres finals at the World Championship in Daegu, South Korea.

Even as he posed for all the selfies afterwards, demonstrating a grace and sportsmanship that proved him just as big a victor in rare defeat, it still felt wrong, a desperately downbeat way to depart for a sportsman who has brought so much joy to all.

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The decorated sprinter will appear for the last time at a major championships in the final at 8:50 this morning New Zealand time. Not Bolt; he just made it seem like a bit of fun.

I have since seen attempts to defend Gatlin, and the crowd slammed for the way they acted. So Bolt was rewarded with about $30,000 for his haul of three gold medals that year. However, Bolt was all smiles and gracious in defeat. "I've done all I can for the sport and myself".

The $34.2 million for 2017 tracks slightly higher than 2016, when Forbes pegged Bolt's earnings at $32.5 million. His Olympics record is, to say the least, awesome: three Olympics, three gold medals in each of the three races he competed for; a world record over 100m, a world record over 200m, a world record in the sprint 400m relay. Only four other sprinters in history have managed to breach the 9.78 second-threshold: Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin, and Tyson Gay.

In fairness, Farah may never endear himself to fans quite like Bolt.

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Usain Bolt's farewell is bound to be an emotional occasion.

The world of athletics would have wanted another passing of the baton at a time when its biggest star, the CV clean and without the slightest suspicion, has chose to hang up the spikes.

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