Great Britain win shock 4x100m gold as Bolt pulls up injured

Gatlin spoils Bolt's farewell in 100m with remarkable gold

Usain Bolt's bid to bring the curtain down on his glittering career with a 15th world gold medal remained on track as Jamaica qualified for the final of the 4x100m relay. Trailing when he got the baton on the anchor leg, Bolt powered away and quickly swept past his rivals and had time to look to his right before crossing in 37.95.

When he blazed his way to a 100m gold medal in the Beijing Olympics with a new world record that night, he started a decade of dominance that is unrivalled in the history of track and field.

The Justin Gatlin-led United States team took silver, 0.05secs behind, while Japan claimed a surprise bronze (38.04). It was slightly different for Bolt, a global star who is inarguably the greatest male sprinter of all time.

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 United States of America, with Germany qualifying as third fastest.

Britain's sprint quartet will also be looking to challenge and for 200m runner Danny Talbot, the chance for yet more exposure alongside Bolt.

An 11-time gold medalist at the World Championships Bolt has always been excited when it comes to running the relays.

Even had he not been injured, Bolt would have been hard-pressed to catch Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who held off 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman of the US to claim a famous gold for the host nation.

Bolt has left the world of athletics with an awesome legacy and his country Jamaica can be proud that once again it has given the world a superstar, just like it did when Bob Marley's music became a global phenomenon.

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It was success too for the men's and women's 4x400m teams as both progressed to Sunday's finals.

But first, Bolt and his Jamaican teammates must navigate the heat set for 10:55 a.m. (4:55 a.m. Jamaica time) and avoid another slip-up in a championship that has left questions swirling about Jamaica's spot as the world's ultimate sprinting conveyor belt. Justin Gatlin clocked in 9.92 seconds while USA's Christian Coleman registered 9.94 seconds to spoil Bolt's 9.95 seconds and his farewell party.

After easing past the finish line, Bolt ran down the track as he usually does and clapped towards the crowd. "I worked hard, I'm definitely disappointed I didn't win, but no one is going to be happy to not win", said Bolt after the race.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling".

"I'm sorry for not being able to finish on a win, but I thank you for your support", was launched to the crowd the one who has been the hero of the evening, even in defeat, and, good player, has been offered a brace of good, thanks to his executioner.

Indeed, it's noteworthy that Yohan Blake also ran in this fateful race, coming in fourth.

Defending champions Jamaica (42.50) finished second behind Germany (42.34) in the second heat. We have been training that relay, there were some camps.

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