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Third record eludes Bolt as Jamaica win gold

Usain Bolt bagged his third gold medal of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Saturday when Jamaica stormed to the men's 4x100m relay title.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2009 22:24 IST

Usain Bolt bagged his third gold medal of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Saturday when Jamaica stormed to the men's 4x100m relay title.

Bolt, who has this week shattered his own world records in winning the 100m (9.58sec) and 200m (19.19sec), ran the third leg of the Jamaican effort.

Steve Mullings was the anchor man, handing on to Michael Frater, with former world record holder and current 100m bronze medallist Asafa Powell the sprinter entrusted with the final leg.

Bolt, however, failed to completely demonstrate his explosive power around the bend despite the roars of a packed Olympic Stadium, and his handover to Powell almost went awry when he just avoided running into him.

The Jamaican foursome set a championship record time of 37.31sec ahead of Trinidad (37.62) with Britain claiming bronze (38.02).

Back on the track, Vivian Cheruiyot trumped defending champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia in a sprint to the line in the women's 5000m.

Australian Steve Hooker, the Olympic champion, overcame injury to win the men's pole vault, making just one clearance at 5.90m for victory over French duo Romain Mesnil (5.85m) and Renaud Lavillenie (5.80m).

In more glory for the Caribbean sprinters, Jamaica also won the women's 4x100m relay title after the US team had crashed out in their heat.