Bolt lands sprint sweep, Farah the treble double

Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:48pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt needed a bit of help from his American rivals to win a third gold medal but Mo Farah secured a unique "treble double" all on his own on a dramatic penultimate night of the world athletics championships on Sunday.

While Bolt's place in the sporting pantheon was assured long before he won his 11th world title in the 4x100 meters relay, Farah took his spot among the greatest distance runners of all time with his third straight 5,000 meters title.

The British Olympic champion's brilliant victory gave him the 5,000-10,000 double for an unprecedented third major global championships in a row.

"Tonight I had to dig deep, it hasn't been easy, it's never easy," the 32-year-old said. "It's just amazing, incredible, to achieve the treble double."

Ashton Eaton had earlier shown his American team mates how to win a title in style when he bettered his own world record in the decathlon, while the Jamaican women ran the second fastest 4x100m of all time to give their men something to aim at.

A little over 20 minutes later, however, it looked like American Justin Gatlin might just get one over his Beijing nemesis Bolt.

A botched final exchange between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers, though, saw the United States disqualified and the Jamaican add another title to those he won in the individual sprints.

It was the fifth time the 29-year-old had swept all three sprint titles at a major global championships going back to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and all the sweeter for the fact that it came at the end of an injury-disrupted season.   Continued...

Aug 29, 2015; Beijing, China; Usain Bolt runs the anchor leg on the Jamaica 4 x 100m relay that won in 37.36 during the IAAF World Championships in Athletics at National Stadium. From left: Michael Rodgers (USA), Jimmy Vicaut (FRA), Botl and Justyn Warner (CAN). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports