WINNERS: Jamaica's victorious 4x100m relay team
BY HIS own admission Usain Bolt is now well and truly on his way to being a track and field legend. The fastest man in the world was speaking after Jamaica won the 4x100m relay gold in a world record time of 37.04 seconds at the athletics World Championships in Daegu, South Korea yesterday.
The team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, world 100 metres champion Yohan Blake and Bolt decimated the opposition. France came home second in 38.20 seconds while St Kitts and Nevis took home the bronze in 38.49 seconds.
“I would definitely say this world record kinda helps me on the way to my ambition of being a legend,” said Bolt. “Now I can look forward to the Olympics. It’s going to be great.”
Bolt ended the championships on a high after being disqualified in the final of the 100m.
Considered the overwhelming favourite to win the short sprint in Daegu, Bolt was eliminated from the final for a false start.
Blake won in a season’s best of 9.92 seconds. Bolt made no such mistakes in the longer discipline.
The world and Olympic champion won in a time of 19.40 seconds after running a superb bend in lane 3.
American Walter Dix, who could not live with Bolt’s pace and power, came in second in 19.70 seconds while European champion Christope Lemaitre of France came home third in a personal best 19.80 seconds.
The 4x100m relay win meant that Jamaica’s final medal tally in Daegu was four gold, four silver and a bronze.