Usain Bolt in­jures left ham­string at world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — Usain Bolt failed to make it to the fin­ish­ing line in his last race.

The Ja­maican great crum­pled on the track with a left leg in­jury as he was chas­ing gold in the 4x100-me­ter re­lay at the world cham­pi­onships.

In­stead, Bri­tain up­set the United States to take gold in 37.47 sec­onds. The Amer­i­cans were .05 sec­onds be­hind. Japan took bronze in 38.04.

Jaylen Ba­con, a ju­nior at Arkansas State Uni­ver­sity, ran the third leg for Team USA.

Ja­maican team doc­tor Kevin Jones said Bolt had a cramp in his left ham­string.

“A lot of the 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.”

Tori Bowie be­came the first dou­ble gold medal­ist at the world cham­pi­onships, an­chor­ing the U.S. team to the 4x100-me­ter re­lay ti­tle ahead of Bri­tain and Ja­maica.

At the same time, 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 this week, ran a strong an­chor leg, leav­ing be­hind the op­po­si­tion to fin­ish in 41.82 sec­onds.

Bri­tain took sil­ver in 42.12 and two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­maica earned bronze in 42.19.

Muk­tar Edris of Ethiopia broke the hold of Mo Farah on long-dis­tance run­ning, out­kick­ing the Bri­ton over the fi­nal 200 me­ters to win the 5,000 me­ters.

In a tac­ti­cal race, Farah could not re­spond to a chal­lenge for the first time in six years, turn­ing his farewell race on the track at a ma­jor cham­pi­onship into a dis­ap­point­ment.

Edris won in 13 min­utes, 33.79 sec­onds, .43 sec­onds ahead of Farah in sec­ond. Farah was go­ing for his fifth con­sec­u­tive global long-dis­tance dou­ble.

Paul Che­limo of the United States took bronze.

Kevin Mayer is the new “world’s great­est ath­lete.”

The French­man pro­duced a dom­i­nant per­for­mance over two days and 10 events in the de­cathlon, end­ing with a cel­e­bra­tory 1,500 me­ters at the world cham­pi­onships.

With two-time Olympic and world cham­pion Ash­ton Ea­ton now re­tired, the event was wide open. Mayer won with 8,768 points. Rico Freimuth took sil­ver with 8,564 points, while Ger­man team­mate Kai Kazmirek was third with 8,488.

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