‘Or­gan­is­ers to blame for Bolt’s col­lapse’

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Usain Bolt's dra­matic and in­glo­ri­ous end to his top level ca­reer was the fault of world cham­pi­onship or­gan­is­ers, his fu­ri­ous team­mates claimed.

The 30 year old 100m and 200m world record-holder col­lapsed on the Lon­don Sta­dium track whilst an­chor­ing Ja­maica in the fi­nal of the 4x100m on Satur­day as cramp gripped his leg.

Bolt lay prone on the track and even­tu­ally, aided by his three team-mates, limped across the line be­fore mak­ing a hasty exit - not the way the man who had won triple Olympic gold at the same sta­dium in 2012 would have wished his com­pet­i­tive ca­reer in cham­pi­onships to fin­ish.

But his team­mates com­plained that his prob­lem was caused by or­gan­is­ers keep­ing the re­lay teams wait­ing in the cold be­fore their race as sev­eral medal cer­e­monies were held.

"I think they were hold­ing us too long in the call room. The walk was too long. Usain was re­ally cold. In fact Usain said to me, 'Yo­han, I think this is crazy. 40 min­utes and two medal pre­sen­ta­tions be­fore our run'," said Yo­han Blake, who branded the wait as "crazy".

"We kept warm­ing up and wait­ing, then warm­ing up and wait­ing," added the 2011 100m world cham­pion, who also won Olympic re­lay gold in 2012 and 2016 with Bolt.

"I think it got the bet­ter of us. We were over warm. To see a true leg­end, a true cham­pion go out there and strug­gling like that. The race was ten min­utes late and we were kept 40 min­utes."

Ja­maica's 110m hur­dles world cham­pion Omar McLeod - who ran the first leg - like­wise pointed the fin­ger at or­gan­is­ers for deny­ing his coun­try's great­est star a more fit­ting swan­song. "It's heart wrench- ing," said McLeod, who is also the Olympic cham­pion.

"It was ridicu­lous man, we were there around 45 min­utes wait­ing out­side, I think they had three medal cer­e­monies be­fore we went out so we were re­ally try­ing our hard­est to stay warm and keep up­beat.

"But it was ridicu­lous. We waited a re­ally long time. I drank like two bot­tles of water."

Their crit­i­cism echoed that of Justin Gatlin, who led an Amer­i­can 1-2 along­side team­mate Chris­tian Cole­man to deny Bolt a farewell gold in the in­di­vid­ual 100m. "I think it was the el­e­ments. I am sorry he got this in­jury. He is still the best in the world," said Gatlin.

"It was a recipe. It's a lit­tle chilly in here so I think that's where the cramp came from. That's what he suf­fered with. He was run­ning out there cold."

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