Justin Gatlin reacts to Usain Bolt pulling up in his final race

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Usain Bolt’s farewell to athletics didn’t go as planned as the Jamaican sprinter pulled up injured in the final of the 4x100m race.

The 30-year-old suffered a hamstring cramp 50 metres from the finish line and required assistance before being helped to his feet.

It was a terribly sad way to watch Bolt bow out and came seven days after he was beaten by Justin Gatlin in his final 100m race.

The outcome of his final race doesn’t impact Bolt’s legacy but the sight of him laying face down on the track was painful.

The 60,000 inside the London Stadium were able to witness the British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake upset the Americans to take gold.

Gatlin and Christian Coleman, who finished second in the 100m final, were part of a US team widely expected to emerge victorious.

But a brilliant performance from the British team, who executed their baton exchanges perfectly, helped them run the third-fastest 4x100m time in history.

Watch: Bolt's final race ends in disaster

Gatlin's reaction

Very few enjoyed the sight of Gatlin, a two-time drugs cheat, beating Bolt in the Jamaican’s final solo race but his reaction to the 100m and 200m world-record holder’s sad ending is commendable.

Gatlin agreed with the Jamaican team, who blamed a 45-minute wait in the call room for Bolt’s injury, and said the eight-time Olympic gold medallist is “still the best in the world”.

"I think it was the elements," Gatlin added, per BBC Sport. "I'm sorry he got this injury.

"This is farewell time, I am sentimental about it already now. In the warm-up area, we give ourselves respect and greeted each other.

“Usain Bolt is a great athlete."

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Jamaica team was furious

Yohan Blake and Omar McLeod, both of whom competed for Jamaica in last night’s race, blasted the planning of the schedule for ruining Bolt’s farewell.

"It was 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run," Blake said.

“We keep warming up and waiting, then warming up and waiting. I think it got the better of us.

"It hurts to see a true legend, a true champion go out there and struggle like that."


McLeod, the 110m hurdle champion, added: "It's heart-wrenching.

"I gave it my all and I really wanted Usain to leave golden, or even if it was just a medal.

"It was ridiculous, man. We waited a really long time. I drank two bottles of water.

"But Usain Bolt's name will always live on."

We’ll remember Bolt for what he achieved from 2008 to 2016. Not for his efforts at the 2017 World Championships.

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