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Usain Bolt's final race ends in shock injury

Usain Bolt's final race ends in shock injury

Jamaica, the defending champions, were missing seven-times world championship gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but still qualified second fastest in the final heat ahead of Brazil.

The tale since Athens for Britain's men has been one of missed chances and baton blunders, including at this very stadium at the London Olympics. Covering the first 60 metres in an unprecedented 6.31 seconds, Bolt did not ease up and in 41 strides streaked through the finish line in an wonderful world record of 9.58sec, a mark that will likely be unchallenged for many years to come.

While the Jamaican lay prone, it was Britain who crossed the line first in a world-leading time of 37.47 seconds, the United States - booed upon entry with 100m champion Justin Gatlin on the second leg - second with 37.52secs and Japan taking the bronze.

Instead, Tori Bowie was the unlikely first double gold medalist at the championships, anchoring the US team to the 4x100-meter relay title ahead of Britain and Jamaica. A wheelchair was brought out by medics for the stricken sprinter after the dust had settled but the 30-year-old was able to get to his feet and stagger across the finishing line for the last time. Mitchell-Blake was in tears and could barely speak.

As Talbot visibly screamed his team-mate on Mitchell-Blake held off the formidable Christian Coleman, unaware of Bolt's plight, and secured a historic gold for Britain. It's a massive team effort and we win as a team and lose as a team.

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It made for the most dramatic, unexpected and disappointing end to the career of the most decorated athlete ever. We are world champions at home.

He added: "I think the public have probably heard enough about us being the best generation of sprinting, with no results".

The four - the same line-up who won Team GB's first 4x100m relay bronze in 32 years in Rio last summer - crossed the line 0.09 seconds behind the U.S., with Germany qualifying as third fastest.

The changeover to Talbot was excellent and the bend specialist didn't disappoint as America and Jamaica realised they were already playing catch-up. "We know what we can do and we'll be ready in 2019", he added.


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