Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Bolt leads Jamaica into final, United States run year's fastest time

Gatlin spoils Bolt's farewell in 100m with remarkable gold IAAF World Championships Athletes Beaten By Food Poisioning
Spencer Simpson | 13 August, 2017, 00:58

This past Saturday, Brooklyn-born Justin Gatlin, at 35 years old, defeated the once indomitable Usain Bolt in the 100-meter finals with a winning time of 9.92.

Even had he not been injured, Bolt would have been hard-pressed to catch Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who held off 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman of the U.S. to claim a famous gold for the host nation.

The top three from each of the two heats and next two fastest finishers from the remaining qualify for the final round.

Great Britain - with Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and CJ Ujah - qualified second behind the U.S. in 37.76secs in the first heat with Talbot hunting a medal.

Running the last leg, Bolt eased home, looking over his shoulder, as Jamaica won the second of the two semi-final heats in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20).

But Bolt, who had to settle for the bronze, will be confident of anchoring his 4x100mRelay team to victory and bank the 12th World Championship gold of his career. The eight times Olympic gold medalist, he did felt disappointed on not claiming the title in his final race of his career.

The monument of the athletics, only 3rd behind Gatlin (9 seconds and 92 cents) and the American Christian Coleman (9 seconds and 94 hundredths of a second) in a time of 9 sec 95, has seen the great feast promised marred by a rider to the sulfurous past, which adds to her locker, a crime of lèse-majesté in the enclosure heated from the olympic Stadium.

Yohan Blake is the only other experienced member of Jamaica's sprint relay pool to have won medals at the World Championships or Olympics.

Since then he has dominated the shorter two sprint events like none in athletics history.

Gatlin beat Usain Bolt last weekend, and, sure enough, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, outraged at Bolt being robbed of a golden swansong, demanded life bans for drug cheats.

The showman, as usual, entertained the crowd as he acknowledged the cheers as he entered the stadium for the relay heats.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling. I came out and did the best I could". I appreciate that a lot. "I worked hard, I'm definitely disappointed I didn't win, but no one is going to be happy to not win", said Bolt after the race.

Now Bolt is officially retiring, and the sport is left with a huge void for losing its most dazzling star.

"The young runners in our team - it is just about executing and coming through the race for them", he said. He wants to run in the final and has been taking part in relay training here. Still there were some mistakes.

Nor should we forget Ms Aisha Praught-Leer who made it to the final of the women's 3,000m steeplechase - only the third Jamaican to do so.

Felix has won 14 medals at the world championships and can move up to 16 if she runs the 4x400 relay and the United States wins medals in both events.

Jamaica clocked the third quickest time in the heats, behind the US and Great Britain.

The Netherlands, with 200-metre champion Dafne Schippers running the second leg, qualified on time.

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