Bolt secures third sprint sweep as Jamaica win relay

Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:57am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the sprint golds at a world championships for the third time on Saturday when, aided by a U.S. disqualification, he anchored Jamaica to the 4x100 meters relay title.

The 29-year-old, who had already won the 100 and 200 meters events at the Bird's Nest Stadium, stormed across the line in 37.36 seconds to give his country a fourth straight world title in the event.

The United States team featuring Justin Gatlin, who won silver behind Bolt in both individual sprints, botched their final handover between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers and were disqualified after crossing the line second.

That elevated hosts China to a hugely popular silver medal in 38.01 with Canada taking the bronze in 38.13.

It was a record-extending 11th world gold for Bolt, who also won three sprint titles at the 2009 and 2013 world championships.

"I told you I was coming here and do my best as always. I was coming here to achieve gold medals and that’s what I did," Bolt told reporters.

"It’s called pressure," the Jamaican added of the American disqualification. "When there's a lot of pressure to come out here and perform at your best. And we saw what happened."

Jamaica have now won the sprint relay at six straight major global championships, including the last two Olympics, but for the first 200m it did not like they were going to extend their dominance.   Continued...

Jamaica's team (L-R) Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt pose for photographers after winning the men's 4 x 100 metres relay final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 29, 2015.           REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach