Bolt fin­ishes ca­reer in a world of hurt

Af­ter los­ing in the 100, Ja­maican star suf­fers a leg in­jury in 400 re­lay. Farah fin­ishes sec­ond in 5,000.

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LON­DON — Usain Bolt ended his stel­lar ca­reer in ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain.

The Ja­maican great crum­pled to the track with a left-leg in­jury as he was chas­ing a fi­nal gold medal for the Ja­maican 400-me­ter re­lay team Sat­ur­day at the world cham­pi­onships.

Hav­ing to make up ground on the an­chor leg, Bolt sud­denly screamed, stum­bled and som­er­saulted as he came down, his golden farewell shat­tered by the first in­jury he has ex­pe­ri­enced at a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion.

That wasn’t the only sur­prise. Bri­tain went on to beat the United States in a tight fin­ish.

The 60,000-ca­pac­ity sta­dium was primed for one last Bolt show, one last pose af­ter a daz­zling vic­tory, but the in­jury put a damper on the night.

“He is still the best in the world,” said Justin Gatlin, Bolt’s Amer­i­can ri­val who ended up with 100-me­ter gold and re­lay sil­ver.

As Bolt fell to the ground, the leg with the golden shoe giv­ing way, the crowd still went wild be­cause the home team went on to win gold in 37.47 sec­onds, .05 sec­onds ahead of the U.S.

“It’s a cramp in his left ham­string, but a lot of the pain is from dis­ap­point­ment from los­ing the race,” Ja­maican team doc­tor Kevin Jones said. “The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him.”

After­ward, there was plenty of sec­ond-guess­ing to be done. Most of it came at the ex­pense of the IAAF, which made the sprint­ers wait about 40 min­utes from the time they were sum­moned from the warmup room to the time the start­ing gun went off.

“I think this is crazy,” Ja­maica’s Yo­han Blake said. “Forty min­utes. Wait­ing. Warm­ing up. Wait­ing. Warm­ing up. It just should not hap­pen. To have your cham­pion go out like that. It’s crazy.”

Be­fore Bolt came onto the track, he was con­sol­ing Mo Farah, his long-dis­tance equiv­a­lent who had just lost his first ma­jor race since 2011 when he failed to get gold in the 5,000 me­ters.

Farah also was bid­ding farewell to the track, com­ing up short of his fifth straight 5,000-10,000 dou­ble at ma­jor cham­pi­onships in a sprint against Muk­tar Edris Ethiopia.

“I gave it all,” Farah said. “I didn’t have a sin­gle bit left at the end.”

In­stead, Tori Bowie was the un­likely first dou­ble gold medal­ist at the cham­pi­onships, an­chor­ing the U.S. team to the 400me­ter re­lay ti­tle ahead of Bri­tain and Ja­maica. Allyson Felix, run­ning the sec­ond leg on the win­ning team, earned a record 15th medal at the world cham­pi­onships in a ca­reer go­ing back to 2005.

Bowie, who won the 100 me­ters ear­lier in the cham­pi­onships, ran a strong an­chor leg, leav­ing be­hind the op­po­si­tion to fin­ish in 41.82 sec­onds.

“Two gold medals is amaz­ing for me,” Bowie said. “We are on top of the world.”

Kevin Mayer be­came the first French­man to win the de­cathlon, end­ing with a cel­e­bra­tory 1,500 me­ters. Mayer won with 8,768 points. Rico Freimuth took sil­ver with 8,564 points, while Ger­man team­mate Kai Kazmirek was third with 8,488.

There was at least one veteran who did pro­duce Sat­ur­day as Aus­tralia’s Sally Pear­son got an­other gold medal at the Olympic Sta­dium in Lon­don af­ter miss­ing much of the past two sea­sons be­cause of in­jury.

Five years af­ter win­ning the 100-me­ter hur­dles at the Lon­don Games, Pear­son won the world ti­tle in 12.59 sec­onds. Dawn Harper-Nel­son of the United States was sec­ond, .04 of a sec­ond be­hind, and Pamela Du­tiewicz of Ger­many took bronze in 12.72.

Daniel Leal-Oli­vas AFP

USAIN BOLT takes a tum­ble af­ter pulling up with a leg in­jury dur­ing the the an­chor leg of the 400 re­lay.

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