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End of an era: Legend Bolt set for final race

End of an era: Legend Bolt set for final race

Bolt, having been passed the baton by Yohan Blake, was in third behind Great Britain and the United States, who eventually won gold and silver, but pulled up nearly 50 metres from the line and fell to the track.

His team-mates gathered round him and the 19-time global champion was helped to his feet and limped over the line, applauding the crowd as he did so. The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know.

"The race was 10 minutes late, we were kept 40 minutes and it was a 300 metre walk".

"Usain was getting cold and he said "I don't like this".

Coleman told Omnisport: "I think we're in contention to win, just like anybody".

Bolt had talked about racing again in Zurich before the championships but the race at the London Stadium was still an effective farewell to the world stage.

"I came to the world championships and got the silver medal and I think it's definitely the start of a great career".

Team GB's first ever Men's 4x100m World Championship success followed the silver medal won by Team GB Women.

Bolt, 31, ran the qualifying legs for Team Jamaica without incident earlier in the day.

The Jamaican quartet of Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte, Micheal Campbell and Bolt led the eight-team second heat from beginning to the end.

He said: "It's cramp in his left hamstring but a lot of pain is from disappointment from losing the race".

An 11-time world champion and the first athlete to hold 100- and 200-meter world records since fully automatic time became mandatory, the 30-year-old Bolt said he planned to retire from racing after this year's events.

Omar McLeod had similar thoughts.

"I drank like two bottles of water". "I think we need to do a better job of instructing all of what has been going on". I am sorry he (Bolt) got this injury. He was running out there cold.

But last weekend, when Bolt had to settle for 100m bronze and drug cheat Justin Gatlin took his title, was proof enough that sport does not do fairy tales, not even for Bolt.