London braced for Usain Bolt's farewell

Usain Bolt Justin Gatlin dip for the line

This enlightened attitude towards performance-enhancing drugs would have precluded the "scandals" that now threaten the professional careers of Tour de France Champion Floyd Landis and Olympic Champion Justin Gatlin (100m); to say nothing of sparing them worldwide ridicule as pathetic liars and cheaters.

On Saturday, August 12, Bolt is slated to run in his last race overall, representing Jamaica in the 4x100m relay finals.

And Bolt relished the adulation at the 60,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.

"I did what I could", she said on television.

For the better part of the past decade, Bolt has been 100 percent reliable in getting relay gold for the island nation. The Jamaican legend made it to the podium to claim his medal only this time, it was not gold nor silver but bronze.

Bolt finished in third-place in the 100m final Saturday at the IAAF World Championships in London. The bronze medal was Bolt's first non-gold medal in the 100m.

No matter the result of the relay, organisers said Bolt will be afforded a dedicated lap of honour on Sunday in tribute to his incredible track career.

The United States, featuring 100m champion Justin Gatlin, will provide the biggest danger in their aim to win the event for a first time in ten years.

American Gatlin, who was twice suspended earlier for doping offences, was booed by the London crowd at the packed Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

"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".




Christian Coleman took silver in the 100 ahead of Bolt and it gave the USA team an added boost. Lord Coe, stated that Gatlin's win is not the flawless end but there is not much that we can do because he has not broken any rule here.

Bolt stepped out on the track for the second heat, and the Jamaicans needed him. According to Bolt, the Jamaican team is all relaxed and he is feeling quite excited to run with the younger guys like 100m semi-finalist Julian Forte.

Few things can compare to the phenomenon of watching Bolt make futile the efforts of the other runners.

The Germans, fourth at last year's Olympics, got off to a strong start through Tatjana Pinto, but it was after Lisa Mayer passed on to Gina Luckenkemper that they took a lead that they didn't give up.

Those quicksilver feet which always dealt in gold have another chance to obey his command as he seeks to bring down the curtain on his matchless sprint career and land a 20th global championship title in the 4 x 100 metres relay. "They wanted me to go for one more season". They share your fear and they also share your hopelessness, because they know how it ultimately ends.

In the second heat, Germany beat two-time defending champion Jamaica to qualify along with Brazil.

The Netherlands, with 200-metre champion Dafne Schippers running the second leg, qualified on time.

Felix has won 14 medals at the world championships and can move up to 16 if she runs the 4x400 relay and the United States wins medals in both events. Only four other sprinters in history have managed to breach the 9.78 second-threshold: Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin, and Tyson Gay.

You didn't need a degree in body language to see that Sebastian (now Lord) Coe approached shaking 100 metres victor Justin Gatlin's hand at the world championship medal ceremony in London with all the enthusiasm of a man about to have a rotting haddock slapped into his palm.

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