Bolt leads Jamaica to 400-relay win
MOSCOW – Usain Bolt is perfect again.
And with three gold medals in Moscow, the Jamaican great became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships.
The 400-meter relay gold Sunday erased the memories of the 100 title he missed out on in South Korea two years ago because of a false start. And, combined with an identical 100-200-relay triple from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Bolt was instrumental in giving Jamaica the first sweep of the six sprint events.
Bolt was still trailing Justin Gatlin when he got the baton on the anchor leg, but a botched U.S. handover and Bolt’s superior speed were enough to carry him, and Jamaica, to victory.
I wasn’t really worried about Justin. I knew if he got the baton in front of me, I could catch him, Bolt said. So it was just going out there to run as fast as possible.
And when he does, nobody has stopped him when it mattered – in a half decade, and counting.
It’s not just about the talent. It’s about rising to the occasion. He understands what that means, Gatlin said.
Bolt had already won the 100 and 200 meters.
With his victory, Bolt moved to the top of the all-time world championships medals table with eight gold and two silver, edging Carl Lewis, who has eight gold, one silver and one bronze.
The United States failed to lead the gold medal standings for the first time since the inaugural world championships in Helsinki 30 years ago. Instead, Russia topped the table with seven golds, while the Americans and Jamaicans won six.