US, Jamaica qualify for 4x100 final; Felix eyes record medal

The short and the long of running


Bolt complained about the starting blocks at the World Championships after his semi-final heat victory on Friday night.

The Jamaican quartet of Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte, Micheal Campbell and Bolt led the eight-team second heat from beginning to the end. The gold-medal-winning time was 37.47 as the United States finished second and Japan finished third.

Both Great Britain's men's and women's 4x100m teams safely made it through to their finals.

The Caribbean's medal count at the IAAF World Championship yesterday ticked to six with two bronze wins by two Caribbean athletes yesterday, August 10, 2017.

Coburn, a bronze medalist in Rio as part of a dazzling US team distance effort, emerged Friday from the greatest field in the event's history to become the first American woman to take steeple gold at the Olympics or worlds.

Since then he has dominated the shorter two sprint events like none in athletics history.

The U.S. 4x400-meter relay team set the fastest time of the year to qualify for Sunday's final at the world championships, beating Trinidad and Tobago and Belgium.

After the race, Gatlin bowed down to Bolt as if saluting a king or being remorseful for ruining the Jamaican's chance of ending his career with a record fourth gold medal in the blue-ribbon 100m.

And Bolt relished the adulation at the 60,000-capacity Olympic Stadium. He did his routine marking of his starting position and did a few run-downs imitating baton exchange.

Eighty meters in, Ta Lou appeared to be the woman who would engineer a surprise win, but Bowie's breakneck lunge at the line, as she and Ta Lou crossed simultaneously-with Bowie tumbling onto the track-ultimately put her atop of the podium.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling". Working in the Press Office has allowed me to be fortunate enough to observe some of these stories first hand, and where better to start than the "media loop"?

"I did a lot of practice here in the past 10 days to break the national record". It's hard to be sad, it's wonderful and it's been brilliant.

Spectators again jeered once it was clear that the 2004 Olympic champion had won gold and ruined Bolt's farewell.

Whilst the authorities say they are doing everything they can in respect of cleaning the sport up, you sometimes wonder if they are fighting a losing battle.

'We have been training that relay, there were some camps. Still there were some mistakes. Yohan Blake coming in for the final is definitely good'.

Even though Bolt ended his 100m career with a bronze, the three times Olympic Champ is not in a hurry to prepare for the 4x100m relay final this Saturday.

The United States, featuring 100m champion Justin Gatlin, will provide the biggest danger in their aim to win the event for a first time in ten years.

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.

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