Usain Bolt’s track career ended in agony today as he pulled up injured in the 4x100m relay – while Great Britain stormed to a sensational victory.
The sprint legend grimaced in agony and collapsed on the track on the final straight as the home team raced ahead in the thrilling final at the World Championships in London.
The British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake pipped the United States to gold in a world-leading 37.47 seconds. The USA took silver in 37.52secs and Japan the bronze.
It was a sad end to the Jamaican’s spectacular career, which has seen him win 19 global gold medals – eight Olympic victories and 11 from the World Championships.
As Britain went on to win gold, Bolt was tended to with his head in hands.
After a short while, though, he rose gingerly to his feet and limped across the line to huge cheers from the 56,000 crowd.
Usain Bolt pulled up injured in the 4x100m relay – his final major track race – as Great Britain pulled off an amazing feat to come first
Great Britain achieved the third fastest relay time in history while the Jamaican was left to reflect on his failure to secure the gold
Bolt was in typically ebullient form earlier today, taking part in a Mexican wave alongside his teammates on the Jamaican 4x100m relay team
Bolt announced himself as a sporting superstar by storming to the 100m crown in Beijing 2008 in a world record 9.69 seconds, even slowing down to celebrate before reaching the line.
In the Beijing 200m, he ended Michael Johnson’s reign as world record holder by racing to victory in 19.30secs.
The 2009 World Championships in Berlin saw gold medals in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m alongside his Jamaican team mates.
Two years later, at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Bolt showed his metal by winning the 200m after being sensationally disqualified from the 100m final for a false start.
Bolt finished the championships with another gold and another world record as Jamaica won the relay in 37.04.
London 2012 saw another rush of golds for the Jamaican.
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing – 100m Bolt announced himself as a sporting superstar by storming to the 100m crown in a world record 9.69 seconds, even slowing down to celebrate before reaching the line
2009 World Championships, Berlin – 100m Bolt shattered his world record with a run of 9.58s to take golD
2009 World Championships, Berlin – 200m The world’s fastest man took the 200m mark to new heights by clocking 19.19
2009 World Championships, Berlin – 4x100m relay Bolt added a third gold with his Jamaican team-mates in the sprint relay in a time of 37.31
2011 World Championships, Daegu – 200m Having been sensationally disqualified from the 100m final for a false start, Bolt bounced back in the 200m, taking the title in 19.40
2011 World Championships, Daegu – 4x100m relay Bolt finished the championships with another gold and another world record as Jamaica won the relay in 37.04
2012 Olympic Games, London – 100m Bolt answered doubts about his form and fitness in emphatic fashion by defending his crown in 9.63, an Olympic record
2012 Olympic Games, London – 200m He became the first man in history to retain both the Olympic 100m and 200m titles, winning over the longer distance in 19.32 and declaring afterwards he was a ”living legend”
2012 Olympic Games, London – 4x100m relay Bolt left the capital with another world record in the relay, Jamaica winning in 36.84
In the 100m, Bolt answered doubts about his form and fitness in emphatic fashion by defending his crown in 9.63, an Olympic record. This was followed by victories in the 200 and 4x100m relay.
The 2013 World Championships in Moscow saw another treble, bringing Bolt’s career medal tally into double figures.
Two years later, he stormed the stage in Beijing, riding to the rescue of his beleaguered sport once again, by dashing drug-cheat Gatlin’s hopes of 100m in China, accompanied by two wins in his other two favourite events.
A further triple crown was secured at the Rio Olympics in 2016, although the triumph was mildly soured by his failure to set the world record in the 200m.
2013: World Championships, Moscow – 100m The 26-year-old defied pouring rain and a drenched track to hold off Justin Gatlin and reclaim his crown in 9.77, his best time of the year
2013: World Championships, Moscow – 200m The world’s fastest man blazed to victory with an emphatic performance at the Luzhniki Stadium, storming to glory in 19.66
2013: World Championships, Moscow – 4x100m relay Bolt took his World Championships career medal tally into double figures by anchoring Jamaica to gold in 37.36
2015: World Championships, Beijing – 100m Riding to the rescue of his beleaguered sport once again, Bolt dashed Gatlin’s hopes of 100m in China. The Jamaican lived up to his billing as the saviour of athletics as he held off the challenge of two-time drug cheat to win in 9.79
2015: World Championships, Beijing – 200m Made it four straight half-lap world titles, blowing away Gatlin with a world-leading 19.55 time in front of a raucous Bird’s Nest crowd
2015: World Championships, Beijing – 4x100m relay Bolt wrapped up another event to remember by anchoring Jamaica to victory in a world-leading time of 37.36
2016 Olympic Games, Rio – 100m Bolt overcame a now trademark sluggish start to power home in the final 50m and cross the line first in a season’s best of 9.81, beating rival Gatlin into second
Bolt also triumphed in the 200m race and alongside his Jamaican teammates, pictured, in the 4x100m relay