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Bolt finished 3rd in his last presence in the 100m

13 August 2017, 12:29 | Charlene Valdez

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The last time Jamaica lost a world championship final was in Bolt's rookie year in 2007, when he ran the second leg and only took silver behind the Americans.

Because Bolt made us all his fans. She was a minute down on the world record she set in winning gold in Rio, but remained 46sec clear of second-placed Tirunesh Dibaba. Bolt won the bronze medal.

The Jamaican bowed from his 100-metre career during the week falling to shock third place behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman.

Bolt will anchor Jamaica in the heats.

Incidentally, the look of anguish on Bolt's face - when it struck him that he did not win - rivals that look in Edvard Munch's most famous painting. All that is good has to end and that's what has happened in the world of track.

"It's one thing to be named among the greats in track and field", said Wayde van Niekerk, the South African who holds the world record in the 400 meters.

A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4. 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. While other cocky athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Deion Sanders caused a legion of sports fans to hate them for their antics, Bolt somehow managed to playfully charm his way into almost universal love and support. There will be one more shot at gold when he competes in his last race in the 4x100m relay later this week.


The 100m race had been Bolt's turf as he has not lost a race in it aside from a false start in 2011. All nine are by Bolt.

In the men's 4x100m relay, Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team-mates will be looking to secure a place in this evening's final, while CJ Ujah spearheads a strong British quartet. Not Bolt; he just made it seem like a bit of fun.

The USA should be rivals, though in Rio previous year they were disqualified after Gatlin received the baton outside the first change-over zone.

"If you work hard throughout your life, I always say anything is possible and I can imagine how long he [Gatlin] has dreamt of this moment..." Normally I get better through the rounds. However, Bolt was all smiles and gracious in defeat.

After the race, Gatlin bowed down to Bolt as if saluting a king or being remorseful for ruining the Jamaican's chance of ending his career with a record fourth gold medal in the blue-ribbon 100m. It's all I've known in the sport.

According for Forbes magazine, Bolt has earned $32.2 million in 2017, with a majority coming via product endorsements. He's also the only man in history to run under 10 seconds in the 100m, under 20 seconds in the 200m and under 44 seconds in the 400m. Bolt never has tested positive.

But this should take nothing away from Farah's success particularly at a time when distance running is arguably more competitive than ever before. It was a heartfelt sight to see Usain Bolt run for the final time.



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