Bolt gets Jamaica into the relay last for grand goodbye

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Matt Dunham/ AP Jamaica’s Usain Bolt shouts as he gets ready for his leg of a males’s 4×100-meter relay preliminary heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017|6 a.m.

LONDON– Usain Bolt set the phase for his grand goodbye, powering down the finishing straight Saturday to qualify Jamaica for the 4×100-meter relay final at the world champions.

Fittingly, he will deal with Justin Gatlin and the United States in the final chapter of his unparalleled profession.

Both countries won their heats early Saturday, though the U.S. relay team got the baton around with more aplomb than Jamaica, which needed to rely on Bolt to clinch success.

And Bolt relished the adulation at the 60,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.

“They have actually been exceptional so far, and continue to amaze me and offer me energy,” Bolt said.

For the best part of the past decade, however, Bolt has actually been 100 percent dependable in getting relay gold for the island country. The last time Jamaica lost a world champion final was in Bolt’s novice year in 2007, when he ran the second leg and just took silver behind the Americans.

Since, Bolt has flaunted his power at the end of every major champion, getting the third gold medal for himself and sometimes another world record for Jamaica.

This year, however, he only got bronze in the 100 behind Gatlin. And the lead to the relay is not an inevitable conclusion.

The United States, with Gatlin running the 2nd leg, won the first heat in a world leading time of 37.70 seconds. The Americans beat Britain and Japan, both which also certified.

“My team did a terrific job,” stated Gatlin, the oldest of the squad at 35. “They’re believing and acting like veterans and I’m proud of them.”

Christian Coleman took silver in the 100 ahead of Bolt and it provided the United States team an included increase.

“Having the gold and silver medal on the exact same relay group, which hasn’t been carried out in a long time, it gives us kind of a confidence booster that the speed can navigate the track,” Gatlin said.

Bolt stepped out on the track for the second heat, and the Jamaicans required him. Trailing when he got the baton on the anchor leg, Bolt powered away, quickly swept previous his rivals and had time to want to his right before crossing in 37.95 seconds.

Still, Bolt was encouraging of his young colleagues.

“They came out here and got the job done we desired them to do, and that’s to obtain us to the finals. They executed and ran well for a young team,” Bolt said. “For many years, this will be the team bringing in the golds.”

In the ladies’s heats up, both countries are also through.

Allyson Felix remained in line to become the athlete with the most medals in world championships history when she assisted the American relay group qualify.

Running the 2nd leg, Felix and her colleagues crossed first in a season’s leading time of 41.84 seconds, beating Britain and Switzerland. They likewise advanced to the last.

In the 2nd heat, Germany beat two-time safeguarding champ Jamaica to qualify in addition to Brazil.

The Netherlands, with 200-meter champ Dafne Schippers running the second leg, certified on time.

Felix has won 14 medals at the world championships and can go up to 16 if she runs the 4×400 relay and the United States wins medals in both occasions.

In the decathlon, two-time world champion Trey Hardee of the United States hit the third difficulty and clattered into the next one during the 110-meter difficulties to end his medal possibilities.

In the first of five occasions on the last day of the two-day competitors, Kevin Mayer of France set a third individual record to quickly remain atop the standings with 5,485 points. Rico Freimuth of Germany was in second place with 5,377 points, while Damian Warner of Canada had the fastest time in the obstacles of 13.63 seconds to move into third.

Also, British runner Mo Farah will complete in his last race on the track at a major championship when he chooses a 4th straight world title in the 5,000. He won a third 10,000-meter gold on the first day of the champions.

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