World athletics championships: Usain Bolt is injured in his last race in career
Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas Agence France-Presse
The runner jamaican Usain Bolt was injured in the 4x100m, Saturday, in London.
Arrived at the terminus of his career, the superstar Usain Bolt has been struck by lightning by a cramp in the last line of the final relay 4×100 m World in London, collapsed on the track, unable to lead the stick to the finish on Saturday night.
Launched in pursuit of the British Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and the American Christian Coleman, the great carcass was nose up to fifty metres from the finish, the left leg imbalance.
“It is a cramp in the ischio-tibialis left, but the most painful, it is the disappointment of losing the race. The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We wish him the best, ” said the doctor of the jamaican team Kevin Jones.
The living legend of sprint has refused the wheelchair that were proposed to him, standing up painfully, holding the back of the thigh left to find his partner in jamaica. Necessarily disappointed as him.
The most formidable machine of sprinting, therefore, with the flu for the last exhibition. “He apologized to us but there was no need for excuses, injuries are part of sport,” said his partner, Julian Sharp.
Only a third of the 100 m a week ago, his first failure in the grand championship for the past ten years, Bolt, 30-year-old has missed his farewell to the sport. As battles too.
Supported, in spite of everything
It has, however, been in London for confirmation, if any were needed, of his immense power over the crowds which have ovationné and cherished. Chanting his name, they whistled the American Justin Gatlin, the winner of the 100 m, which carries as a burden to his four-year suspension for doping. Saturday night, Gatlin paid tribute to Bolt, ” showman extraordinaire “.
The fastest man of all time (9 seconds 58 in the 100 m, 19 seconds 19 to 200 m) will eventually have especially enjoyed his last time in the morning, for the series.
At the time of its splendour, and the sprint of jamaica, the king did not appear in the morning, leaving a substitute care to ship the formality of the qualifications. It happened that in the evening, in the garment of light in his yellow jersey.
Saturday night, the magic no longer worked. And, while the Lightning was on the ground, Mitchell-Blake was resisting Coleman (37.47 to 37.52) to give the gold that Great Britain had previously hoped.
A first clap of thunder had sounded in the stadium an hour and a half before, to announce the first defeat since 2011 in the grand championship Mo Farah, the hero is british, also beaten in the last line by the Ethiopian Muktar Edris.
The double seems to be banned in London. After the failure of the South African Wayde Van Niekerk (1 of 400 m/2nd in the 200 m), the idol of the stage has also failed to renew the doubling of the half-distance (10 000/5000 m) that it had succeeded four times between JO and the World.
The Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, winner of the 10,000 m, will try to defeat the sign indian on 5000 m Sunday, when the closing day.
“I was super prepared and I knew I was going to beat it. After the 10k, Mo Farah was tired, and he no longer had enough juice to sprint. I was more powerful. I am the new champion for Ethiopia. I am the next champion “, assured the winner, 23-year-old.
“My legs could no longer entering in the straight line. And the Ethiopians were strong, sacrificing two of their own, ” admitted Farah, tears in his eyes.
The last defeat of Farah, the 10,000 m at the World championships 2011 in Daegu (South Korea), had already been the work of an Ethiopian, Ibrahim Jeilan.
Record of medals
The American Allyson Felix, gold with the 4x100m relay, has definitely crossed Bolt and Merlene Ottey in the title of athlete the most decorated in the World, now with 15 charms against 14 for the two legends.
“Every moment of this relay is a privilege. Tori [Bowie, the world champion in the 100-m] has finished strong, but each of us has been super efficient “, stressed the diplomatic Felix.
And Sunday, the Californian is expected to bring his total to 16, with the relay 4X400 m, including the American are favorites.
The Russian under the flag neutral Maria Lasitskene has made her long legs for a flight flawless above the bar raised to 2.03 mr. Enough to retain his title.
In the 100 m hurdles, the Australian Sally Pearson has broken us hegemony over the discipline.
The decathlon, a synthesis of all disciplines in ten jobs, the French Kevin Mayer dominated with 8768 points, ending with pain in the right elbow and tears of joy, before the pair German Rico Freimuth (8564 points) and Kai Kazmirek (8488 points).
“I have the impression that these two days were at the same time the paradise and the hell. I have been stressed out as not possible since a month and, honestly, I had only one desire, and that was to end, so it was hard, so I can’t take it anymore, ” said Mayer.