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It's official! Usain Bolt is a massive GAA fan

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It's official! Usain Bolt is a massive GAA fan

With house music playing softly throughout the stadium where Bolt won the middle three of his nine Olympic finals, Gatlin and Coleman passed through the exit tunnel while the former champion took a 10-minute trip around the track, then detoured into the stands for selfies with the Jamaican fans who came across the ocean to see him one last time. Trailing when he got the baton on the anchor leg, Bolt powered away and quickly swept past his rivals and had time to look to his right before crossing in 37.95.

American veteran Dawn Harper Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.

Usain Bolt was the overwhelming favourite to win the 100m race as he planned to retire after this tournament but things didn't quite work in his favour as he finished in third place behind Christian Coleman in second place and Jason Gatlin in the first place.

The British women's four recorded a season's best time of 41.93 in finishing second behind United States of America who ran 41.84. And why not? Even with the loss, Bolt is ready to entire retirement as possibly the most popular figure the sport has ever known.

Usain Bolt failed to make it to the finishing line in his last race.

Even had he not been injured, Bolt would have been hard-pressed to catch Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who held off 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman of the United States of America to claim a famous gold for the host nation. Gatlin had later said that Bolt told him he did not deserve to be booed.

The women's 4x100m final is at 9:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.).


"I think I almost cried" Bolt said."I was just saying goodbye. That was it. Saying goodbye to my events. Saying goodbye to everything."Reuters

Just hours after Bolt lost to Gatlin, Coe had said that the American would not have won the gold here had he been handed a lengthier “eight-year ban, which would have in essence been a life ban” for his second dope offence in 2006. Bolt routinely slowed down before crossing the finish line. But the medal payouts are a pittance compared to decent endorsement deals: In 2016, Jamaica paid roughly $10,000 for each gold medal an athlete brought home.

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

'Physically I am alright, there is a little bit of pain, but nothing a massage can't cure, I'm taking it easy, ' Bolt said of his condition two days after clocking a season's best equaling 9.95 seconds in the 100-m final. "I don't think it gets any worse than that", he said, referring to the problems in Russian Federation.

'We have been training that relay, there were some camps. Yohan Blake coming in for the final is definitely good'.

Both Great Britain's men's and women's 4x100m teams safely made it through to their finals.

I was 16 when Bolt first won a medal at the worlds in 2007.

Completing the final lineup were the Netherlands, featuring twice 200m champion Dafne Schippers, and 2015 bronze medallists Trinidad and Tobago.

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