Injured Bolt fails to finish final race as GB take shock relay gold

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second right, is assisted by his teammates after he pulled up injured in the final of the Men's 4x100m relay during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

There was a hugely dramatic end to Usain Bolt's final race as the iconic sprinter pulled up injured in a 4x100m relay won by Great Britain.

Bolt's illustrious athletics career finished on a painful and shocking note at the IAAF World Championships, the iconic sprinter pulling up with an injury as Great Britain claimed a shock gold.

Great Britain and the United States came into the straight with a slim lead over the Jamaicans. Bolt picked up the baton from Yohan Blake, changed hands as he traditionally does, and stepped on the gas to go in hunt of  Christian Coleman and Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake. 

Then there was a grimmace, followed by a short pause from a packed London Olympic Stadium as the realisation that Bolt would not finish his final race, sunk in very quickly.

No sooner had that happened though, than the epic battle in front of Bolt began to take over from the sadness of the moment.

Mitchell-Blake, with a millimetre on Coleman, strained for the line, as did the shorter Coleman. 

The immediate joy after going through the tape for the quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot, and Mitchell-Blake, was unmatched over the nine days of competition.

Great Britain clocked 37.47 in the win, ahead of the US' 37.52, and Japan's 38.04.

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