Saturday 22 July 2017

Bolt leads Jamaicans to scintillating success

Nick Mulvenney

USAIN BOLT swept away any remaining clouds surrounding his 100m disqualification when he anchored Jamaica to a world record time of 37.04 seconds as they won the world 4x100m title.

The double Olympic sprint champion and world record holder teamed up with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake to better the mark of 37.10 seconds they ran to win gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Bolt, who ran the third leg in Beijing, took over the anchor role in the absence of injured former world record holder Asafa Powell and received the baton from Blake, his successor as 100m world champion, with a commanding lead.

The 24-year-old hurtled down the straight well clear of the field with his eyes fixed on the clock before crossing the line and tossing the baton into the air in delight having helped set the only world record at the 13th World Championships.

France finished second a World Championship record 1.16 seconds behind the dominant Jamaicans, with Saint Kitts and Nevis claiming bronze in 38.49.

The Americans, who had never been beaten in a World Championship 4x100m final, failed to finish after their third-leg runner Darvis Patton clipped a British athlete and fell over before attempting to pass the baton to Walter Dix.

Earlier, Bolt vowed to "blow people's minds" at the London Olympics next year after producing a stunning defence of his 200m crown.

The 25-year-old stopped the clock at 19.40 seconds -- the third fastest of all time. Only Michael Johnson and Bolt himself have ever run quicker, with the tailwind of 0.8 metres per second well inside the legal limit.

Irish Independent

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