Usain Bolt ended
the Olympic Games athletics programme in the way only
he possibly could – by breaking another world record.
But this time the fastest man on the globe had to slow down and have an anxious wait.
The amazing Jamaican team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Bolt had combined to win in an amazing 36.84.
as they began their celebrations, after Bolt had used all his power to
overtake Ryan Bailey, of the USA, in the home straight, silence filled
The stadium announcer revealed that the judges were looking at the race again.
Then, suddenly, he revealed the outcome.
Canadians had run out of their lane on the final bend and were
disqualified from finishing third… and it was party time once more
in London and Jamaica.
said: “It’s always a beautiful thing to end on this note. Last year we
did it at the world championships and for me, it’s a wonderful feeling.
It was a great championship. I am happy. The team came out and did
“I knew a world record was possible. I wish we could have gone faster – but I guess we leave room for improvement.
“I have thought about Rio, but it will be hard because Yohan has just come into the game.
“He is running pretty well and I am sure there are going to be a lot more young cats coming up to run.
“This is just wonderful, I am so happy. I will take it a step at a time and see what happens in four years.”
the finishing line Bolt did the Mo-bot, coping Farah’s hand-on-the-head
celebration routine and he added: “I told him I was going to do it.
The brilliant Bolt has reached yet another level here this week.
has six gold medals which puts him third on the all-time track and
field list of Olympians behind Carl Lewis, with nine and another
American Ray Ewry, with eight.
The USA were second in 37.04 with Trinidad third in 38.12.
But are there any superlatives left to say about Bolt?
Now he has the double-treble.
He is not just rewriting the record books, he is forcing the sport to create new phrases for his success.
years on from Beijing, he has won gold in the same events where he
dominated and for one person to do that over a four-year Olympic cycle
is just astonishing.
USA quartet of Nell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey
also broke their national record, but they were never going to beat the
Jamaicans unless they had a long lead before the final leg.
That was never going to happen. Blake to Bolt, from leg three to four, is just a frightening prospect.
Lightning took the stick and just charged away to smash the old world
record time of 37.04 secs and the old Olympic record time of 37.10.
were actually trailing the USA after the second baton change but Blake
flew away. Bolt, naturally, because of the superstar he is, takes all
the headlines – and so he should.
let us not forget what a Games Blake has had. He was second behind Bolt
in both the 100m and 200m and now he has his Olympic gold.
the Games wanted its track and field programme to end on a high, Seb
Coe and his amazing organising team could not have asked for more.
Britain’s women did their best in the 4 x 400m relay but they were never going to match the power of the USA.
by Sanya Richards-Ross, the USA won gold in the fourth fastest run of
all time, 3:16.87, with Britain, with Christine Ohuruogu on the final
leg, fifth in 3:24.76.