Usain Bolt calls it a career

Bolt towers over his opponents. Pic Getty

Bolt towers over his opponents. Pic Getty

Usain Bolt blamed a sluggish start caused by problems with the starting blocks for his shocking 100-meter defeat to Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Championships of Track and Field in London, England.

Usain Bolt has set himself up for a golden finish after anchoring Jamaica to a place in Saturday night's 4x100m relay final.

The USA clinch silver with a timing of 37.52 seconds and Japan took bronze in 38.04. Gatlin came from behind to finish in 9.92 seconds with team United States of America sprinter Christian Coleman in second place at 9.94 seconds and Bolt was third with 9.95 seconds. The contrast was also striking between the walkabout that had the right Bolt, and the output nearly on the sly and under the whistles of Gatlin, which has put an end to an unbeaten 9 years of Jamaican big competition.

Richards medaled in a time of 20.107 behind South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk who was beaten into second by Turkish runner, 27-year-old Ramil Guliyev.

Usain Bolt is now retired.

Bolt (or GOAT - greatest of all time - as he's referred to on social media) came in third behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman, both from the United States.

They also advanced to the final.

Coe, now the head of the world athletics body, the IAAF, later said he believed Gatlin should have been banned for life in 2006, when he was found guilty of using illegal drugs for the second time. Jamaica's Yohan Blake is a doubt for the 4x100 metres relay final at the World Athletics Championships and will be assessed by medical staff before today's final, head Coach Maurice Wilson said.

A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4.

Meanwhile, Ristananna Tracey also won a bronze for Jamaica in the women's 400-m hurdles finals.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling". "I don't think it gets any worse than that", he said, referring to the problems in Russian Federation. Say, for instance, when you're growing up, you're walking down the street, you've got to tell everybody good morning.

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

Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison, Jura Levy and Sashalee Forbes are responsible for getting the Jamaicans through to the final of the women's event, with double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson likely to be added to the team for the final.

But while the image of the eight-time Olympian collapsed on the track nursing his calf, long after the race had finished, certainly made for an unwelcome sight, it was a night to remember for Great Britain's golden quartet.

Defending champions Jamaica (42.50) finished second behind Germany (42.34) in the second heat.

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

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