Usain Bolt Pulls Up Injured In Final Race Of His Career

Beth Cruz
August 13, 2017

For a decade, he has been this intimidating figure on the track for his opponents - winning all the Olympic or world championship finals he was in, except one hiccup when he false started in the 100m final in Daegu world championships in 2011.

This time, the afterburners kicked in but not hard enough.

Bolt, who many had hoped to end his solo career with a 12 gold medal, fell short to the US' Justin Gatlin last Saturday.

Of course, my August 3 commentary makes clear that I thought upstart Canadian sprinter Andre DeGrasse was the only person who could upstage Bolt on this putatively ceremonial occasion. And the result in the relay is no longer a foregone conclusion.

"This is sport, there are no guarantees, there isn't always a happy ending. It doesn't change anything in my career".

We had a 100m winner Gatlin booed to the rafters and a 200m victor Ramil Guliyev, whose winning time was almost a second slower than Bolt's best and who ended up being interrogated in the victory press conference about his adopted country Turkey's doping record.

Instead it has all been about the pantomime villain ahead of the pair, 35-year-old Justin Gatlin, a man with a drug-stained past. Later, he bowed down to the man he finally defeated.

"I wasn't sure if I had won or not, I gave it my all but I could see Christian Coleman out of the corner of my eye", said Mitchell-Blake. But for those 20m I thought I am beating him. He's also the only man in history to run under 10 seconds in the 100m, under 20 seconds in the 200m and under 44 seconds in the 400m. In Rio, Thompson became the first female sprinter to win both the 100- and 200-meters at the Olympics since Florence Griffith Joyner accomplished the feat in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. But no more, and the joy amongst the team was evident at the finish.

"I understand why, you have black hat, white hat; good, evil, but I think it was sensationalized by the media between two people who have the utmost respect for each other". The press made several puns about Bolt's 100m race and the nickname gained worldwide familiarity after that.

"I did it for the fans", he said.

His long-time American rival Gatlin, who has twice served bans for doping, won the gold while Coleman took the silver as the London Olympic stadium and the global television audience were stunned at the turn of events. But where in the past the stadium would have still been brimming, this time, it was about one-eighth full and emptying quickly. He plans to anchor Jamaica's always formidable 4x100 relay team this weekend at the world competition.

It wasn't just the fact that Bolt set world records in the 100m (9.69), 200m (19.30) and 4x100m* (37.10) events, it was how he did it.

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.

Should we have seen this coming?

His first heat, on Friday night, was ugly.

"My grandfather is the reason why I'm in track", she told Lewis Johnson on Olympic Channel. Nothing new there, though his less-than-ideal racing shape, to say nothing of the fitness of the guys he was chasing, turned the usual comeback into something nobody's seen before on this big a stage.

Physio Anthony Geoghegan has been working at the World Athletics Championships the past week and managed to get a snap of Usain Bolt with a jersey from his new favourite county.

Ever since, Bolt has flaunted his power at the end of every major championship, getting the third gold medal for himself and sometimes another world record for Jamaica. It was Gatlin in 2004. "I'll call it lessons, lessons, lessons".

"I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c'mon", he said.

Nehemiah, who won the 1984 Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, said Coe and the IAAF should be more gracious and accept their rules allowed athletes like Gatlin to get a chance at redeeming themselves. He called the evening and the crowd "beautiful" - even if that medal he earned might not seem as pretty as the rest. "I lost the race to a great competitor".

"Between the bikes, loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honestly wish he would go back to where he came from", his neighbor-model Jodi Stewart-Henriques wrote on Facebook in 2015. "I've done all I can for the sport and myself".

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