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Bolt Ends International Career On Inured Note

By Spencer Darlington

Reporting from the IAAF World Championships in London


Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt may undergo an MRI scan to determine the nature of the injury sustained on the anchor leg of the 16 th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.

Bolt who was seeking to end his career on the international stage, pulled up shortly after receiving the baton from third leg runner Yohan Blake.

Bolt’s misfortune left fellow teammates Julian Forte, Blake and Omar McLeod livid and fuming at some of the meet officials whom they accused of holding the athletes to long in the call-room.

“They kept us in the call room extremely long in our running kits, we were getting cold and it’s not the warmest weather over here and they kept us a while. I think they really need to look into that and do something about it,” said Forte.

The race began close to 10 minutes after its scheduled 9:50 p.m. start and took place after a couple medal ceremonies.  

“It was ridiculous. We were there waiting, and we were really trying to stay warm, but it was really ridiculous, we waited a really long time,” said an emotional McLeod who broke down into tears.

Great Britain ended up winning the race which was quite anti-climatic ahead of the United States.

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Jamaica’ only medal on the day came from the women’s sprint relay tea.

The quartet of Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Simone Facey and Sashalee Forbes returned a season’s best 42.19 seconds to land bronze behind Great Britain and winners the United States.

Elsewhere, Jamaica’s women’s mile relay team of Anastacia Leroy, Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby, Chris-Ann Gordon and Stephenie Ann McPherson advanced to the final after posting 3 minutes, 23.64 seconds, a season’s best, to win their semi-final.

However, the men’s team of Peter Matthews, Steven Gayle, Jamari Rose and Rusheen McDonald, surprisingly failed to make it to the final after placing fourth in their semi-final in 3 minutes, 01.98 seconds final

Surprisingly, none of the two individual finalists, Nathon Allen and Demish Gay were used in the semis.

Kemoye Campbell also had a rough day, finishing 10 th in the men’s 5000 metres final in 13 minutes, 39.74 seconds.

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Jamaca is now sitting 14 th on the medal table with 1 gold and 3 bronze.

The country’s only hope of further increasing its tally rests with the women’s 4x400m, which the contest that final on Sunday’ last day of competition starting at 2:55 pm Jamaica time. 


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