Cold wait blamed for Bolt’s re­lay col­lapse

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

LONG de­lays be­fore the run­ning of the 4x100m re­lay have been blamed for Usain Bolt’s dra­matic fall in his fi­nal race.

The world’s fastest man tweaked his ham­string half­way down the home straight and spec­tac­u­larly crashed to the track as he ran the fi­nal leg of the re­lay for Ja­maica.

Bolt and his team­mates had been forced to wait for more than 40 min­utes be­fore the race.

“They were hold­ing us too long in the call room,” Bolt’s team­mate Yo­han Blake said.

“Usain was re­ally cold. In fact Usain said to me: ‘ Yo­han, I think this is crazy. Forty min­utes and two medal pre­sen­ta­tions be­fore our run.’

“We keep warm­ing up and wait­ing, then warm­ing up and wait­ing. Then we saw a true leg­end, a true cham­pion go out there and strug­gling like that.”

Omar McLeod, who led off the Ja­maican team, said: “It was ridicu­lous. We were there around 45 min­utes wait­ing out­side.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, I’m in shock, ut­ter dis­be­lief.”

Bolt lay on the track for sev­eral min­utes as med­i­cal staff rushed to him. They even brought out a wheel­chair but he waved it off and then hob­bled across the fin­ish line clap­ping to the crowd.

He was later di­ag­nosed as hav­ing a cramp in his left ham­string.

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