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Usain Bolt’s Career Comes To A Grinding Halt

Ben Migono / August 15, 2017

Over the weekend, all eyes were on Usain Bolt’s final race at world track and field championships on Saturday in the men’s 4×100 relay final. Normally we’d see Bolt first to the finish line, but that’s not what happened.

 

When Bolt received the baton from Yohan Blake, Jamaica was already in third place. Still not a bad place to be when you are the greatest sprinter in history, but with 60 meters to go, Bolt pulled up and screamed in pain as he fell to the ground with an apparent leg injury. Not the finish Bolt had in mind – especially when he decided this meet would be his curtain call.

 

In 2012, Bolt’s team set the world record in the same event, posting a time of 36.84 seconds. Five years later, they didn’t even finish.

 

 

Initially, the preliminary diagnosis from the Jamaican team doctor, Kevin Jones, was that Bolt had suffered an injury to his left hamstring via an acute muscle cramp, but worst case scenario it could have been a muscle tear. What might have been a contributing factor, he noted, was the delay of the start of the race. Being held in the “call room” caused many sprinters to become cold heading into the race. However, those who won medals didn’t suffer the same fate as Bolt.

 

If this was really the last time we’ve seen Bolt run, it’s been a remarkable career. He’s won 14 career medals, 11 of the gold, from world championships, but let’s not forget the 8 Olympic gold medals – shining brightest on the world’s biggest stage.

 

Featured image via nytimes (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)