Record bolt!

Usain fires Jamaican team to world record in 4x100 relay

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Usain Bolt swept away  any remaining clouds surrounding his 100m disqualification when  he anchored Jamaica to a world record time of 37.04 seconds to  retain the world 4×100 metres relay title yesterday.

RECORD BREAKING QUARTET! Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrate victory and a new world record in the men’s 4x100 metres relay final (Getty Images)

The double Olympic sprint champion and world record holder  teamed up with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake to  better the mark of 37.10 seconds the Jamaicans ran to win gold  at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Bolt, who ran the third leg in Beijing, took over the anchor  role in the absence of injured former world record holder Asafa  Powell and received the baton from Blake, his successor as 100m  world champion, with a commanding lead.

SPRINT RELAY QUEENS! (L-R) Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter of the USA celebrate victory in the women’s 4x100 metres relay final. (Getty Images)

The 24-year-old hurtled down the straight well clear of the  field with his eyes fixed on the clock before crossing the line  and tossing the baton into the air in delight having helped set  the only world record at the 13th world championships.

“For me, it was just to go out there fast,” Bolt told  reporters. “We did just that. I am proud of my team. I am happy  with myself. I enjoyed being the anchor.

“I had a little problem with my Achilles. I can’t run the  bend. It was decided I would run the anchor. Yohan Blake ran a  great bend. I am happy with that.”

UPSET WIN! Mariya Savinova of Russia scored an upset win over Caster Semenya of South Africa in the women’s 800 metres final. (Getty Images)

France finished second a world championship record 1.16  seconds behind the dominant Jamaicans to win the silver medal in  38.20 with Saint Kitts and Nevis claiming bronze in 38.49.

“We could never think that anything else was within reach  when you have these Carribean guys running on the same race with  you,” said France’s Christophe Lemaitre, who won bronze behind  Bolt in the 200 metres on Saturday.

“It is wonderful to win this silver medal, especially with  the buddies from our relay team.”

         FELL OVER

The Americans, who had never previously been beaten when  they had reached a world championship 4x100m final, failed to  finish after their third-leg runner Darvis Patton clipped a  British athlete and fell over before attempting to pass the  baton to Walter Dix.

NUMBER ONE! Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men’s 5000 metres final (Getty Images)

The British quartet also failed to finish.

Even without that incident, the Jamaicans always looked like  winning gold after Blake’s searing third leg.

“To go out there and hand the baton to the greatest man in  track and field — Usain Bolt — is a wonderful feeling,” said  the 21-year-old.

Bolt arrived in Deagu in less than dominant form after  coming back from the injury which ended his 2010 season and  admitted on Saturday that anxiety had caused him to false start  in the 100 metres final when he was defending champion.

The biggest name in athletics proved irrepressible, however,  and stormed back to reclaim his 200 metres title with ease  before closing the championships in record-breaking style.

“The record is a great achievement, I am happy to finsh the  competition on a good note. I’m proud of myself,” he said.

“When I saw the first three legs I thought ‘anything is  possible’.”

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