Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Great Britain win gold as Usain Bolt pulls up in home straight

Great Britain win gold as Usain Bolt pulls up in home straight

Usain Bolt was the overwhelming favourite to win the 100m race as he planned to retire after this tournament but things didn't quite work in his favour as he finished in third place behind Christian Coleman in second place and Jason Gatlin in the first place.

The Jamaican superstar waved farewell to fans without the fairy tale ending he had hoped for as Gatlin celebrated with glee at London Stadium.

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It's okay though, after retiring from racing, Bolt looks nearly certain to pursue a career as a GAA player.

In just his fifth professional race at 100 meters, Bolt broke the world record in May 2008 with a 9.72. Bolt is not the one that was crushing everything in its path with chronos from elsewhere, but this outcome was finally like a relief to an athlete who has dedicated his life to his sport from a very young age.

"They are definitely running alongside us, and that's what we need". I can't think, other than Muhammad Ali, of anybody that has so had an impact inside or beyond their sport.

Since then Bolt has confirmed he is the fastest human in history, holding both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records in the process of becoming an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, so everyone was waiting for that final golden moment for Bolt on Saturday night.

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The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo did a scientific analysis of that run and estimated that Bolt could have finished with a time of 9.55 seconds if he hadn't slowed down to celebrate.

After crashing in the hurdles and being disqualified from the event, two-time world champion Trey Hardee fouled three times in the discus and is totally out of contention. Usain Bolt OJ and Sir Mo Farah, living legends, and thank them for all the great memories they have provided on the track and the inspiration that they leave for all to cherish.

Britain's women also avoided baton mishaps to safely reach the final.

But it's more than his talent that deserves a thumbs up.

We had a 100m winner Gatlin booed to the rafters and a 200m victor Ramil Guliyev, whose winning time was almost a second slower than Bolt's best and who ended up being interrogated in the victory press conference about his adopted country Turkey's doping record. He was one of five Jamaican sprinters at their 2009 national championships who apparently all had colds at the same time, which, they claimed, led them to use a nasal spray which included the banned stimulant tests picked up.

Admirations also come from Bolt's peers.

"Back home in Trowbridge my mum has a pic of it". His latest ranking puts him ahead of any baseball player, and just behind golfer Jordan Spieth and basketball player Derrick Rose. 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"?

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