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Usain Bolt falls to the track injured in final career race

A heartbreaking finish to Usain Bolt's athletics career at the IAAF World Championships

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After 16 years of competing on the international stage, fans of athletics will likely never see Usain Bolt run another competitive track race.

The Jamaican star and eight-time Olympic champion competed as part of his country’s 4x100m relay team at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships. Bolt, anchoring the team, pulled up and fell to the ground in agony as there was no heartwarming ending to his athletics career. He was clutching his leg on the ground. The Canadian Press writer Lori Ewing reports that Bolt was able to walk off the track under his own power.

The injury was later reported to be a hamstring cramp.

He finishes the 2017 IAAF World Championships with a bronze medal in the men’s 100m, his final-ever individual track race.

Great Britain won the men’s 4x100m relay in a fantastic race for the home team, winning in front of a packed crowd at the London Olympic Stadium. The gold-medal-winning time was 37.47 as the United States finished second and Japan finished third. Canada, without the likes of Andre De Grasse, finished sixth overall in 38.59.

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The 30-year-old Bolt first competed at the international level at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Hungary. Over his career, Bolt has amassed multiple world records, including 9.58 in the 100m, 19.19 in the 200m and a partial owner of the 4x100m relay record of 36.84.

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1 GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBRGBR 37.47 WL 0.124
3 JAPAN JPNJPN 38.04 SB 0.173
4 PR OF CHINA CHNCHN 38.34 0.151
5 FRANCE FRAFRA 38.48 0.151
6 CANADA CANCAN 38.59 0.156
7 TURKEY TURTUR 38.73 0.151