The Jamaica born Usain Bolt’s career on the track ended in disappointment on Saturday, as the athletics star pulled up with an injury during the 4×100-meters final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
NBC Olympics shared this image of the 30-year-old, as he failed to finish the race:He developed a muscle pull and was unable to finish the 4×100 relay final for his country.
Hosts country Britain took the gold medal with a time of 37.47 seconds.
Bolt was already chasing the British and American teams when he started the final leg of the race, and he didn’t even come close to the finish line before pulling up.
It was an agonizing end for the former world champion, who now formally retired today
Jamaica started with Yohan Blake in third and Bolt as the final man, while the USA opted for Christian Coleman as their final runner, with Justin Gatlin taking the second leg. The Americans were seen as the favourites, with Bolt showing signs of weakness in the individual 100 meters and most expecting him to start his leg with a large deficit.
The race played out exactly like that, although the Brits came out of nowhere to snatch the gold from the Americans. But by the time the hosts finished, many of the fans in London had their eyes fixed further back.
Bolt, who had to settle for bronze in the individual 100 meters, had been hoping to sign off from the sport by leading Jamaica to a fifth successive relay gold but they were already struggling in third when he collected the baton.
As he tried to gain ground, Bolt pulled up and fell to the floor with what looked like a hamstring injury.
The United States, with individual gold and silver medalists Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman running the second and fourth legs, had been expected to push the Jamaicans all the way.
Instead, a brilliantly executed race by Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake gave Britain gold in 37.47 seconds, the best time in the world this year.
The US took silver in 37.52 with Japan third in 38.04.