Bolt steers Jamaica to relay final & tees up last hurrah

  • Bolt steers Jamaica to relay final & tees up last hurrah

Bolt steers Jamaica to relay final & tees up last hurrah

Nehemiah, who missed out on his chance of an Olympics due to the USA boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow over the invasion of Afghanistan, said if Bolt could accept graciously that Gatlin was justified in being there, then it should be good enough for anybody. What's more, Gatlin denies him the crutch of old age, which Bolt could have leaned on to justify his retirement and/or rationalize this loss.

Bolt admitted he was disappointed but would never change his idea of retiring because the new life ahead is more inviting.

"I wanted to pay homage", Gatlin told reporters. I did it for the fans.

"For me it's hard to be sad because the energy I'm getting from the crowd is brilliant, I'm just happy".

"I only stayed one night". "At the turn I wasn't in contention really, so to get a medal from there is a great achievement".

Incidentally, the look of anguish on Bolt's face - when it struck him that he did not win - rivals that look in Edvard Munch's most famous painting. It's going to be tough for me.

"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 will miss the sport for sure, but I get a chance to live and travel when I want.

"I can't be a sore loser; throughout my career I've dominated".

Usain Bolt was the overwhelming favourite to win the 100m race as he planned to retire after this tournament but things didn't quite work in his favour as he finished in third place behind Christian Coleman in second place and Jason Gatlin in the first place. The fans, however, are looking forward to seeing their superstar in action one last time as he takes to the track.

Yohan Blake is the only other experienced member of Jamaica's sprint relay pool to have won medals at the World Championships or Olympics.

This comes eight months after the JAAA abstained from a vote on a number of reform issues which included several anti-doping elements geared at lifting athletics from a series of major corruption and credibility scandals, which deeply involved evidence of State-sponsored doping by Russian athletes.

Athletics' world governing body head Sebastian Coe lavished with praises for him. "Usain Bolt is a genius".

"You can have the Friday-night-in-the-pub conversations about who is best footballer or tennis player, but there is no argument about this guy in sprinting".

Bolt also raced his way to the bank. World and Olympic champion Allyson Felix spoke highly of the Jamaican. "Off the last hurdle I gave everything and threw myself for a dip just in case".

A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4. That's all any of us should have a right to ask of any of our athletes.

And Bolt relished the adulation at the 60,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.