Usain Bolt's finish line

Rosalie Stanley
August 13, 2017

Fittingly, he will face Justin Gatlin and the United States on Saturday night in the final chapter of his unparalleled career.

Usain Bolt bows out of mainstream athletics tonight as he runs for the final time at the London Stadium in the 4x100m relay.

Whenever the giant screen inside the stadium showed him doing the baton exchange practice with his Jamaican team-mates in preparation for the 4x100m relay race at the warm-up arena, the capacity crowd cheered loudly.

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For the better part of the past decade, Bolt has been 100 percent reliable in getting relay gold for the island nation.

The USA set a world leading time as Christian Coleman finished off the hard work of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and BeeJay Lee to cross the line in 37.70 seconds. The bronze medal was Bolt's first non-gold medal in the 100m.

"No regrets", Bolt insisted, long after a result that stunned a pumped-up crowd into near silence.

World-record holder Keni Harrison almost missed the 100m hurdles final, hitting the first hurdle with her lead leg in her semi. "I could not qualify for the final round but I would have been happy if I had broken the national record", said Lakshmanan, who won gold in both 5,000m and 10,000m races in the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, last month.

"My team did a great job", said Gatlin, the oldest of the squad at 35.

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"Those boys are coming for me, they are hungry".

Christian Coleman took silver in the 100 ahead of Bolt and it gave the US team an added boost. You get this urge to yell at the TV and warn them that he's right behind them, but they already know this-Gatlin peeked over his shoulder and searched for Bolt as his lead dwindled, he was afraid.

Usain is a unique individual who, according to the Associated Press in 2012, nearly single-handedly "help track transform itself from a dying sport to one with a singular, smiling, worldwide star".

Still, Bolt was supportive of his young teammates. Now to get ready for the final.

Just behind were Brazil in 42.77, while a Trinidad and Tobago team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hacket and Khalifa St Fort might have expected to finish with a quicker time than 42.91 and a higher placing than fourth, although they still progressed. "They wanted me to go for one more season".

It's not the most intimidating Jamaican quartet - it does not have the aura of the teams that have won the event at every major championship since 2008 - the team that has beaten its nearest rival by an average of.20 seconds since 2009.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands successfully defended her world title in the 200, winning in 22.05.

In the decathlon, two-time world champion Trey Hardee of the United States hit the third hurdle and clattered into the next one during the 110-meter hurdles to end his medal chances. Of the 30 fastest men's 100m sprint times ever, only nine have been run by an athlete who has not been banned for doping.

It was the first time Bolt had lost a World Championships 100m final he had started, having been disqualified for a false start in Daegu in 2011.

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