Bolt pulls up injured in final race of his career

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 13, 2017

Bolt has spoken about how the World Championships would be his last races but speculation persists that he may reverse his decision, with this result doing nothing to dampen that.

Bolt was already chasing the British and American teams when he started the final leg of the race, and he didn't even come close to the finish line before pulling up.

British anchor runner Nethaneel Michell-Blake also dropped onto the ground, in blissful disbelief as his team took the important victory in a world lead time of 37.47 seconds, beating the American squad, consisting of new 100m victor Justin Gatlin and runner-up Christian Coleman, to second place in 37.52. He was unable to finish the race. Last week when the sprinter ran his last individual race, he didn't have a happy ending and was edged by Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman of the US despite Bolt running his season best of 9.96 seconds. Mitchell-Blake was in tears and could barely speak.

Their historic rivals the United States, led by his 100m conqueror Justin Gatlin and silver medallist Christian Coleman, look primed to ruin the script again.

At the previous three Worlds Britain's men have failed to get the baton round, with team-mates turning on each other in the wake of their failure in Beijing two years ago. "We hope for the best for him".

Bolt is retiring in August following the London World Championships.

Running several alternates on their team, the United States finished in 2 minutes, 59.23 seconds, .12 seconds ahead of Trinidad and Tobago.

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US-based Mitchell-Blake, a relative newcomer to the relay squad, said: "I dreamed of this as a child".

Running out of lane two in the second heat on Saturday, the Jamaican quartet of Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison, Jura Levy, Sashalee Forbes finished second to Germany to book an automatic qualifying spot in the final, which takes place later.

"They were holding us too long", Blake said.

It made for the most dramatic, unexpected and disappointing end to the career of the most decorated athlete ever.

Henry added: "We have a unique bond, in terms of confidence we've got it so its all about the speed".

Bronze at the Olympics in Rio was a major success.

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