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IAAF Worlds: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica into 4x100 relay final, US team fastest

Running the last leg, Usain Bolt eased home as Jamaica won the second of the two semifinal heats in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20). The United States team, anchored by Christian Coleman won in 37.70 seconds.

other sports Updated: Aug 12, 2017 17:47 IST
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) anchors his team to victory in the men's 4x100m relay heat at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships at London Stadium on Saturday
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) anchors his team to victory in the men's 4x100m relay heat at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships at London Stadium on Saturday(AFP)

Usain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semifinal in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.

Bolt, who announced on Monday that he would also run in the heats, will race for the last time in the final on Saturday when he hopes to bow out with his 20th global championship title.

Running the last leg, Bolt eased home, looking over his shoulder, as Jamaica won the second of the two semi-final heats in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20).

Jamaica are aiming for a fifth successive world title in the event but will face a stiff challenge from the US who won the first heat in 37.70 seconds, with Christian Coleman, silver medallist in the 100 metres, running the anchor leg.

“It feels like second nature because we work well together. We are confident we can win. We will go and prepare well for tonight,” said Michael Rogers, who ran the first leg for the United States.

Britain were second in the first heat in 37.76, also faster than Jamaica’s time, while Japan were third. Canada and Turkey also qualified as the fastest losers.

Bolt’s presence ensured a capacity crowd for the morning session. “It’s hard to be sad because of the energy I’m getting from the crowd,” said the Jamaican, who suffered a rare defeat in the 100 metres when he took bronze.