Usain Bolt’s career on the track ended in disappointment on Saturday, as the athletics star pulled up with an injury during the 4×100-meter final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
Hosts Great Britain took the gold medal with a time of 37.47 seconds.
Bolt was already chasing the British and American teams when he started the final leg of the race, and he didn’t even come close to the finish line before pulling up.
Bolt did eventually cross the finish line.
While the winning team from Britain crossed the finish line, Bolt was writhing on the track, where he wound up chest down with his face pressed into Lane 5. He was certainly every bit as stunned as any of the 60,000-plus who packed the stadium Saturday or the millions watching one of the world’s most entertaining showmen make his final curtain call in the 4×100-meter relay at the world championships.
There was no celebration — no gold, no silver, not even a consolation bronze, which Bolt received a week earlier in his final 100-meter race.
Jamaica closed the night with DNF by its name: Did Not Finish. Bolt was helped into a wheelchair but eventually got to his feet and, assisted by his teammates, limped gingerly across the finish line. He gave a few waves to the crowd then left for the trainer’s room and, with that, presumably exited track and field forever.
The Jamaica Gleaner reported that Bolt would have an MRI on his hamstring Sunday to determine the extent of the damage.
“Injuries are part of our sport, and always, of course, it’s sad to see,” said Wallace Spearmon, the American sprinter who has been close with Bolt for years and was on hand helping the U.S. team. “So, yeah, it’s tragic.”
Culled from Bleacher Report
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