Bolt’s fi­nal race ends in agony at World Cham­pi­onships

Mo Farah says farewell to track ca­reer with a sil­ver in 5,000m

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Bolt ex­pe­ri­enced some of his great­est mo­ments in his ca­reer at the 2012 Olympics in Lon­don but back in the same sta­dium, mis­ery re­placed joy

Lon­don, UK - Ath­let­ics leg­ends Usain Bolt and Mo Farah ex­pe­ri­enced some of their great­est mo­ments in their ca­reers at the 2012 Olympics in Lon­don but five years on and back in the same sta­dium, mis­ery re­placed joy on Satur­day.

Bolt, who won the in­di­vid­ual 100 and 200m and the 4x100m re­lay in Lon­don in 2012, col­lapsed to the track in­jured an­chor­ing the Ja­maica 4x100m re­lay team.

Ja­maican team doc­tor Dr Kevin Jones said Bolt had suf­fered from "cramp in his left ham­string". "But a lot of pain is from dis­ap­point­ment from los­ing the race," Jones said. "The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him."

The or­gan­is­ers brought on a wheel­chair but Bolt shrugged them aside and he limped across the line, gri­mac­ing.

Ja­maica's 110m hur­dles cham­pion Omar McLeod and re­lay team-mate said noth­ing had changed with re­gard to the rep­u­ta­tion of Bolt. "Usain Bolt's name will al­ways live on," he said.

Bri­ton Farah, who had won the first of his four global dou­ble dou­bles of 5,000m and 10,000m to deaf­en­ing cheers in Lon­don in 2012, put up a spir­ited and coura­geous ef­fort but for the first time in six years of global cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tion he had to set­tle for sil­ver be­hind Muk­tar Edris of Ethiopia.

Farah, who started the cham­pi­onships in grand style by win­ning the 10,000m, had been left by Edris as the bell went and as hard as he tried he just didn't quite have the legs to pass his younger ri­val in the fin­ish­ing straight. "It's been amaz­ing. It's been a long jour­ney but it's been in­cred­i­ble," said Farah who was em­braced by his fans as he made his way around the sta- dium on a lap of hon­our, stop­ping to sign au­to­graphs and pose for 'self­ies'.

"It doesn't quite sink in un­til you com­pete here and cross the line – I had a cou­ple of min­utes to my­self – that this is it."

The de­spair and dis­ap­point­ment of Bolt and Farah was in stark con­trast to an­other hero from 2012 - Aus­tralia's 100m hur­dling great Sally Pear­son.

The 30 year old's grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to come back from two years of in­jury hell - she feared that she would have to have her hand am­pu­tated when she suf­fered a bone ex­plo­sion in her wrist in 2015 - was re­warded with her se­cond world ti­tle.

The Aus­tralian cel­e­brated in ex­u­ber­ant style, her mouth spread in a broad grin as she charged to the stands. "Far out, that was bloody hard," gasped Pear­son.

"It's been a long jour­ney back from in­jury, but to get this mo­ment and go and cel­e­brate in front of my fam­ily is un­real."

Bolt's dra­matic fail­ure to medal per­mit­ted Amer­i­can great Allyson Felix to sit on top of the over­all ca­reer world medals ta­ble with 15 after she was part of the women's 4x100m re­lay gold-win­ning team.

The Amer­i­cans had to fight hard to edge out the Bri­tish team but in Bolt's re­lay it was the re­verse as the host na­tion pulled off an im­pres­sive but shock win over the United States - for whom 100m world cham­pion two-time drugs cheat Justin Gatlin was booed by large sec­tions of the sta­dium as he had been in the 100m even after he won the gold.

Else­where there was a gold for Rus­sian Maria La­sitskene, com­pet­ing as a neu­tral, who de­fended the women's high jump ti­tle and ex­tended her win­ning streak to 25.

It was the first gold for Rus­sian ath­letes com­pet­ing at the cham­pi­onships but whose fed­er­a­tion are still banned due to the dop­ing scan­dal that af­fected all sports in the coun­try.

And on Sun­day, French­man Yo­hann Diniz fi­nally se­cured the global ti­tle that had frus­trat­ingly eluded him when he won men's 50km walk gold at the sixth at­tempt. Ja­pan's Hirooki Arai came se­cond and team­mate Kai Kobayashi took bronze.

(AFP)

Ja­maica's Usain Bolt goes down after pulling up in­jured in the fi­nal of the men's 4x100m re­lay race in Lon­don, UK, on Satur­day

(AFP)

Ethiopia's Muk­tar Edris leads Bri­tain's Mo Farah (cen­tre) as they com­pete in the fi­nal of the men's 5,000m race at the 2017 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships

(AFP)

Aus­tralia’s Sally Pear­son com­petes on her way to gold in the women’s 100m hur­dles at the worlds in Lon­don, UK, on Satur­day

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