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Athletics: Bolt struck in his final stretch

Ⓒ AFP – Jewel SAMAD – | The world sprint star Usain Bolt struck in the final of the 4×100 m relay of the World Championships in London on August 12, 2017

At the end of his career, superstar Usain Bolt was struck by a cramp in the final stretch of the final of the 4×100 m relay of the World Championships in London, collapsing on the track, unable to lead the stick to the end, Arrival Saturday night.

Launched in pursuit of Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and American Christian Coleman, the big carcass reared up about fifty yards from the finish with the left leg in imbalance.

“It’s a cramp in the left hamstring, but the most painful thing is the disappointment of losing the race, the last three weeks have been tough for him, you know, we wish him the best,” said The doctor of the Jamaican team Kevin Jones.

The living legend of the sprint (eight Olympic gold medals, eleven at the World Championships) refused the wheelchair offered to him, rising painfully by standing behind the left thigh to find his Jamaican partners. Inevitably disappointed like him.

The most formidable machine to sprinter has therefore glued for his last exhibition. “He apologized to us but there was no need for excuses, injuries being part of the sport,” said his partner Julian Forte.

Only third in the 100m one week ago, his first failure in big championship for ten years, Bolt (30 years) missed his farewell on the sporting plan. Like fighting too much.

– Ovationné –

In London, however, he will have confirmation, if need be, of his immense power over the crowds who have ovated and cherished him. Screaming his name, they whistled American Justin Gatlin, the 100-meter winner, who carries as a burden his four-year suspension for doping. Saturday night, Gatlin paid tribute to Bolt, “extraordinary showman”.

Ⓒ AFP – Glyn KIRK – | Mo Farah finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in the 5,000m final in London on 12 August 2017

The fastest man of all time (9 sec 58 to 100 m, 19 sec 19 to 200 m) will have finally enjoyed his last morning, for the series.

At the time of its splendor and that of the Jamaican sprint, the king did not appear in the morning, leaving a substitute to dispatch the formality of the qualifications. He arrived only in the evening, dressed in light in his yellow jersey.

Saturday night, the magic no longer worked. And, while the Lightning was on the ground, Mitchell-Blake resisted Coleman (37.47 to 37.52) to give the gold that Great Britain had previously hoped for from Mo Farah.

The first defeat in the stadium was an hour and a half before the first defeat in 2011 in the big championship of Mo Farah, the British hero, also beaten in the final line by the Ethiopian Muktar Edris.

The doubles seem to be banned in London. After the failure of South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk (1st in the 400m / 2nd in the 200m), the stadium idol also failed to repeat the double bottom (10.000 / 5000m) that he had succeeded Four times between Olympics and World Championships.

The Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, winner of the 10,000 m, will try to defeat the Indian sign on 5000 m Sunday, on the day of closing.

Ⓒ AFP – Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV – | American sweepers Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix, Tori Bowie and Morolake Akinosun are the queens of the 4×100 m in London, August 12, 2017

“I was super prepared and I knew I was going to beat him.” After the 10 km, Mo Farah was perhaps tired and he did not have enough juice for the sprint. New champion for Ethiopia, I am the next champion, “assured the winner, 23 years old.

“My legs could not stand on the straight line, and the Ethiopians were strong by sacrificing two of their own,” admitted Farah with tears in his eyes.

The last defeat of Farah, over 10,000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu (South Korea), was already the work of an Ethiopian, Ibrahim Jeilan.

– Felix power 15 –

The American Allyson Felix, gold with the relay 4X100 m, has definitely surpassed Bolt and Merlene Ottey as the most medalist athlete at the Worlds, with now 15 charms against “only” 14 for both legends.

“Every moment of this relay is a privilege.” Tori (Bowie, world champion in the 100 m, ndr) finished strongly, but each of us was super performing, “said the Felix diplomat.

And on Sunday, the Californian should bring her total to 16, with the relay 4X400 m, of which the Americans are favorites.

The Russian under neutral flag Maria Lasitskene has deployed her long legs for an impeccable flight over the bar posed at 2.03 m. Sufficient to retain title.

In the 100 m hurdles, Australian Sally Pearson broke the American hegemony on the discipline.

In the decathlon, a synthesis of all the disciplines in ten works, the Frenchman Kevin Mayer dominated with 8768 pts, finishing with pains in the right elbow and tears of joy, in front of the German pair Rico Freimuth (8,564 pts) and Kai Kazmirek (8488 pts).

“I feel that these two days were at the same time heaven and hell. I was stressed as not possible for a month and, honestly, I had only one desire, it was d ‘To finish, so hard it was, so much I can do more,’ said Mayer.

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