Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt won his third gold of the Games
when he anchored Jamaica to victory in a blistering men's 4x100 metres
final as they retained their title in a world record 36.84 seconds on
It was the same Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater,
Yohan Blake and Bolt that had set the previous mark of 37.04 at the
world championships in Daegu last year.
The United States team of Trell Kimmons, individual bronze medallist
Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey won silver in 37.04 to equal
the old record.
Canada finished third but were disqualified for a lane infringement,
leaving the athletes in tears on the track as Trinidad and Tobago were
awarded the bronze in 38.12. The Canadians have appealed against the
U.S. lead-off man Kimmons got a flying start and the Americans
appeared to have the initial edge but by the third leg Jamaica's 100 and
200 silver medallist Blake came off the bend level with rival Tyson Gay
and once Bolt got the baton there was only ever going to be one winner.
To a tumultuous noise, Bolt pulled away from American Ryan Bailey
and, for once, kept going all the way to the finish even dipping for the
Bolt, who now has six Olympic gold medals from two Games, wanted to
keep the baton but track officials would not let him, resulting in boos
from the 80-000 strong crowd.
The Jamaicans then went on a lap of honour, high-fiving and kissing members to the crowd. (Editing by Ed Osmond)
Men Athletics 4 x 100m Relay Final