Athletics: Usain Bolt collapses in final relay race

Omar McLeod left celebrates his 110m hurdles win in a race which saw Sergey Shubenkov right take home silver

Omar McLeod left celebrates his 110m hurdles win in a race which saw Sergey Shubenkov right take home silver

Great Britain, GB stun the United State of America, USA, to win the 4x100m gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championship in London on Saturday.

Before Bolt came onto the track, he was consoling Mo Farah, his long-distance equivalent who had just lost his first major race since 2011 when he failed to get gold in the 5,000 meters.

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.

The GB men, featuring Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who finished fourth in the 200m, ran the nation's second fastest time ever of 37.76 behind heat winners and fastest qualifiers United States of America who clocked 37.70.

Running the last leg, Bolt eased home, looking over his shoulder, as Jamaica won the second of the two semi-final heats in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20).

Britain took silver in 42.12 and two-time defending champion Jamaica earned bronze in 42.19.

The glitter that has cascaded upon Usain Bolt throughout his incredible career was nowhere to be seen in London, instead the eight-time Olympic champion was spiked with bad luck that led to a disaster.

The US were joined in a battle for first by Britain, and Mitchell-Blake showed sensational pace to get to the line first, with Bolt pulling up before dropping to the deck.

Hosts Great Britain took the gold medal with a time of 37.47 seconds.

"We've had a good foundation to build off. They had the game plan; one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. and the better man won on the day", Farah said.

Their career successes dictated that they should both leave with gold medals hanging around their neck but there were a number of party-poopers on hand to steal a portion of the limelight.

In other events, Russia's Maria Lasitskene, competing as an authorized neutral athlete, retained the women's high jump title as the 24-year-old cleared 2.03 meters for the gold medal.

Johannes Vetter of Germany won the javelin title with an opening throw of 89.89 meters.

The event is one of the most loaded of the world championships.

Since that gold medal in 2007, the US men had only won one other medal in the event, a silver in 2013.

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