Usain Bolt sweeps third gold at Worlds as Jamica wins relay

He ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans took gold in 37.36 seconds at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Nickel Ashmeade, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Nesta Carter of Jamaica react after winning the men's 4x100m relay during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China on Saturday. Reuters.

Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the sprint gold at World championships for the third time when he helped Jamaica’s relay team to a fourth successive 4×100 metres title on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who had already won the 100 and 200 metres events, ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans took gold in 37.36 seconds at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Behind him, the United States was far back in second place. But Justin Gatlin, who had been unbeaten in two seasons of sprinting, lost the chance for a third silver when the American team was disqualified for a bad exchange on the anchor leg.

“I saw the mess after 300 meters and was happy we were not in it,” Bolt said.

To the delight of the tens of thousands of fans in the Bird’s Nest, China moved up to silver and Canada took bronze.

It was Bolt’s third sprint triple in a row, starting at the London Olympics and continuing through the 2013 worlds in Moscow, and fifth overall. It was a record-extending 11th world gold for Bolt, who also won three sprint titles at the 2009 and 2013 world championships.

His team mates Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade helped extend Jamaica’s dominance of the sprint relay to a sixth straight major global championships, including the last two Olympics.

Dispelling two years of injury doubts, the Jamaican won three sprint gold medals this week for an overall world championship record of 11. The last of them came Saturday when he anchored the 4×100—meter relay team with free—flowing, giant strides that have made him an icon for the sport.

The Americans got solace from Ashton Eaton’s world record performance in the decathlon. The Olympic champion beat his own mark with a stirring run in the closing 1,500 meters.

Eaton was around world—record pace throughout the 10 events over two days and, with exhaustion hanging heavy in the Bird’s Nest, he pushed through pain to total 9,045 points, six better than his previous best.

Source: The Hindu

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