Bolt pulled up with an apparent hamstring problem 50 metres into his anchor leg of the 4x100m relay, his final major race as a professional athlete. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was well clear in first with the US in second but a fully fit Bolt would have had his sights set on both runners. However, he failed to finish the race and was left crumpled on the track.
And team-mate Yohan Blake, who ran the third leg, slammed competition organisers for allowing the women’s high jump medal presentation to over-run and allow the runners on track to cool down.
Bolt took the baton for Jamaica in third place but within a few strides, he was on the ground, clutching his left leg, as host. Britain secured gold ahead of the United States team which had Justin Gatlin. Bolt, who came third in the individual 100m behind Gatlin and his fellow teammate Christian Coleman, was comforted by his teammates after getting to his feet, his face marked with pain. Nevertheless, Twitter was filled with praises and cheerful messages for Bolt, as they hailed him for being a legend on track.
— Omar MrSilk McLeod, OLY (@Warrior_omz) August 12, 2017
Sport can be uplifting and cruel, generous and mean. Because it is real, it tells the greatest stories. As it has with the great Usain Bolt
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 13, 2017
The capacity crowd in the London Stadium was still digesting the shock earlier defeat for home hero Mo Farah in the men’s 5,000m final, before Bolt’s final disappointing appearance who limped out of the London Stadium arena.
Usain later took to twitter to thank his fans.
Thank You my peeps.
Infinite love for you all🙌🏽🙌🏽
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 12, 2017