Anti-Climax: Inglorious End To A Glorious Career, Examining Usain Bolt’s Final Race Of Career

The brimming  confidence, the anti climax in defeat.

The Oasis Reporters

August 16, 2017

The final race without the lap of honor after… Usain Bolt is pained alongside Jamaica.

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, perhaps the greatest sprinter ever, suffered a hamstring injury, in the concluding race of his career, while on the anchor leg of the 4X100m race at the World Athletics championships in London.

Bolt was brimming with confidence as he acknowledged cheers of sports lovers gathered to watch him at the championships in London last weekend.
He said he gets lots of energy from the warmth in the crowd. Hoping to ride off into the sunset with a successful showing at this year’s world championships in London.

Bolt met an unexpected anti-climax when he finished in third place at last week’s 100-meter dash final as Justin Gatlin beat him to the title. The 30 year-old Jamaican wanted to leave the stage with a loud ovation as the greatest 100 and 200 metres runner ever.

However, Bolt breasted the tape at 9.95 seconds behind American Justin Gatlin who coasted home in 9.92 seconds and Christian Coleman also of the USA in a time of 9.94seconds.

On Saturday, Bolt, 33-year-old, was unable to finish the 4×100 relay final for his country making it an agonizing end for the former world champion, who has set world records in the 100m and 200m sprints and taken home an astonishing eight Olympic gold medals, 11 World Championship gold medals, with two silver and a bronze medals.

Bolt pulled up with an apparent cramp to his left hamstring, limped for a few moments before falling to a heap on the track. His fellow teammates came to his assistance and Bolt eventually was able to get back on his feet and limp off the track.

He was later assisted by his team-mates to cross the finish line, applauding the crowd as he did so.

The host country, Great Britain, in a brilliantly executed race by Nigerian born Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, finished first in 37.47 seconds, followed by the United States (37.52) and Japan (38.04).

“It’s a cramp in his left hamstring, but a lot of the pain is from disappointment from losing the race,” Jamaican team doctor Kevin Jones said.

“The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him.”

Bolt had indicated his wish to run his last race at the London championships, and possibly pursue a coaching career in the years to come.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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