Jamaica's Blake doubtful for sprint relay final


Jamaica's Blake doubtful for sprint relay final

Fittingly, he will face Justin Gatlin and the United States on Saturday night in the final chapter of his unparalleled career.

The eight-time Olympic champion anchored the squad to victory in the second heat at the London Stadium on Saturday morning. "Honestly, I have just been chasing this number", Taylor said of the 18.29-meter mark.

For the better part of the past decade, Bolt has been 100 percent reliable in getting relay gold for the island nation.

Yohan Blake is the only other experienced member of Jamaica's sprint relay pool to have won medals at the World Championships or Olympics. Bolt is now hoping to redeem that for his fans and country tomorrow when he runs for Jamaica in the 4x100m relay at the IAAF 2017 World Championships in London.

This year, however, he only got bronze in the 100 behind Gatlin.

"No regrets", Bolt insisted, long after a result that stunned a pumped-up crowd into near silence.


"I think I almost cried" Bolt said."I was just saying goodbye. That was it. Saying goodbye to my events. Saying goodbye to everything."Reuters

The GB men, featuring Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who finished fourth in the 200m, ran the nation's second fastest time ever of 37.76 behind heat winners and fastest qualifiers US who clocked 37.70. The Americans beat Britain and Japan, who also qualified.

"My team did a great job", said Gatlin, the oldest of the squad at 35. "I work closely with them, I have worked closely with them in the past and will continue to do so". Ask Bolt if he doesn't like the rhythmic allure of triple "three-peat" of Olympic golds along with world-record times in all the three events.

The USA pushed hard but as Bolt tried his hardest to make up the ground he pulled up, clutching his hamstring. While other cocky athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Deion Sanders caused a legion of sports fans to hate them for their antics, Bolt somehow managed to playfully charm his way into almost universal love and support. Emma Coburn took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked home in a championship record of 9:02.58. "It is just one of those things, thank you to London for all your love and appreciation", said Bolt, who was treated by the capacity crowd and the organizers as a victor, receiving undimished cheers and applause from the adoring spectators and doing the lap of honor as if he had won. Until this year, Bolt seemed unbeatable.

Also, there have been several disappointing performances elsewhere, not least yesterday when women's sprint hurdles defending champion Miss Danielle Williams was eliminated in the semi-final. "I tried my best not to let it affect me too much", he said.

Running the second leg, Allyson Felix and her teammates crossed first in a season's leading time of 41.84 seconds, beating Britain and Switzerland. It was the first global men's 100 or 200m final since 2003 not to feature a United States or Jamaican medalist.

Germany won the second heat in 42.34. The fans, however, are looking forward to seeing their superstar in action one last time as he takes to the track. His 9.85-second run was the third fastest in Olympic history.