Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

British relay teams rise to occasion to progress to finals

British relay teams rise to occasion to progress to finals

Usain Bolt blamed a sluggish start caused by problems with the starting blocks for his shocking 100-meter defeat to Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Championships of Track and Field in London, England.

Prior to the Bolt era, Gatlin was considered the fastest man in the world during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and won a gold medal in the 100m dash.

The British women's quartet of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita were impressive, finishing their heat second to the U.S. in 41.93sec - their quickest ever time at the worlds.

It's a disappointing ending expected to be the final race for the greatest sprinter ever, which - nooooooooooo don't leave us Usain.

"One of the things that separates the all-time greats of this sport from the rest is their ability to deliver when it matters most", said Gabby and you just knew that was Bolt's chances gone.

The crowd at the stadium was stunned at the sight of Bolt being beaten in the 100m final not only by Gatlin but also by another American, Christian Coleman, who grabbed the silver.

Bolt said his emotions were still in check at the thought of bowing out of track and field.

But Bolt, who had to settle for the bronze, will be confident of anchoring his 4x100mRelay team to victory and bank the 12th World Championship gold of his career.

Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte and Michael Campbell safely negotiated the first three legs before Bolt steered his team home in a winning, season's best of 37.95 seconds.

Coe has always been a hardliner on doping, believing second time offenders like Gatlin should have life bans - however that view has fallen foul of the legal system when athletes have gone to court to challenge such punishments.

Eighty meters in, Ta Lou appeared to be the woman who would engineer a surprise win, but Bowie's breakneck lunge at the line, as she and Ta Lou crossed simultaneously-with Bowie tumbling onto the track-ultimately put her atop of the podium.

Gatlin also won gold for the 100m in the 2005 World Championships.

"There are no words to describe how I am feeling".

"I've done my best as always; went out there and gave my all and I'm just happy to be here and looking forward to the 4×100", added, the 100m and 200m world record holder who has helped Jamaica win the last four world 4×100 titles. "I'm shocked he's actually going, he's got a lot more years in those legs and it'll be sad to see him go also". He wants to run in the final and has been taking part in relay training here.

Bolt acknowledged that Yohan Blake would likely come in for the final, all the while praising his less experienced relay teammates.

Nor should we forget Ms Aisha Praught-Leer who made it to the final of the women's 3,000m steeplechase - only the third Jamaican to do so.

Germany won the second heat in 42.34.

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