13 August, 2017
The London World Championships just can't stop producing surprises, which could hardly be pleasant memories for Jamaican great Usain Bolt and home hero Mohamed Farah who both bid farewell to their careers.
Usain Bolt took the track Saturday for his final race.
Bolt partied with his devoted fans in an emotional farewell at the National Stadium on June 10 as he ran his final race on Jamaican soil. "We are on top of the world".
The emotion of becoming world champions was even hard for the British stars to deal with after they milked to glory with a 15 minute lap of honour.
"The better man won on the day but I gave it all". We were hanging around inside the stadium for too long with our clothes off and i think that's where Usain Bolt's injury came from.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake managed to beat Christian Coleman to the line in a dramatic finish that saw Usain Bolt fail to finish after sustaining cramp in his hamstring. He followed that up by bettering his 200m to 19.19sec just days later.
"Its been a tough season, but I'm really lucky and thankful to be part of this team", said Gemili.
He handed the baton on in flawless style to Darren Talbot who maintained the lead around the top bend before giving Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake enough of a lead that he might be able to hold off the chasing Coleman and crucially Bolt. "Looking for tears?" Bolt asked. I could see Coleman but wasn't sure what was going on.
There will be a fair amount of emotion from the stands as Mo Farah also runs in his last track race - the 5,000 metres final. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. But the dream of a fourth title was broken by American arch rival Justin Gatlin, who has served two bans for doping.
They won in 37.47 seconds, with the USA taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan with a surprise bronze.
Five years ago, nearly to the very night, British distance running hero Mo Farah had broken into Bolt's lightning bolt pose in this same stadium and the Jamaican had reciprocated with the Briton's trademark "Mobot" to mark their joyous supremacy at the London Olympics. "It's not the flawless script", admitted IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
When is Usain Bolt last race? "I didn't have a single bit left at the end".