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Bolt anchors Jamaica into relay finals

Bolt anchors Jamaica into relay finals

Until the 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics 100m final in London on Saturday, Usain Bolt's only opponent had been the clock.

This time, when Bolt speeds down the stretch for the final time in hunt of a fifth straight World Championships gold in this event, it's nearly expected that he will have closer company.

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.

Although missing out on a golden finish in the individual race, Bolt, turning 31 next week, will still stand as the greatest sprinter in history. Ending the career in 100m with a bronze, Bolt confessed that though he is physically a 100% yet some niggles are bothering him.

The woman who beat Felix at last year's Olympics, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, was far in the lead this time but inexplicably lost it when she looked at the big screen and lost her balance. And why not? Even with the loss, Bolt is ready to entire retirement as possibly the most popular figure the sport has ever known.

Also, British runner Mo Farah will compete in his last race on the track at a major championship when he goes for a fourth straight world title in the 5,000.

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. Jamaica's Yohan Blake is a doubt for the 4x100 metres relay final at the World Athletics Championships and will be assessed by medical staff before today's final, head Coach Maurice Wilson said.

"We will go and prepare well for tonight", said Michael Rogers, who ran the first leg for the United States.

Whenever the giant screen inside the stadium showed him doing the baton exchange practice with his Jamaican team-mates in preparation for the 4x100m relay race at the warm-up arena, the capacity crowd cheered loudly. I get so much support from the crowd.

A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4. I am determined to get those records and those medals back into the hands of their rightful owners.

"The young runners in our team - it is just about executing and coming through the race for them", he said.

Germany won the second heat in 42.34. He wants to run in the final and has been taking part in relay training here. The event would be the finals of men's 4x100m relay and all eyes will be on sprint king, Usain "lightening" Bolt.

Completing the final lineup were the Netherlands, featuring twice 200m champion Dafne Schippers, and 2015 bronze medallists Trinidad and Tobago.

I was 16 when Bolt first won a medal at the worlds in 2007.


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