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Bolt secures third world sprint sweep as Jamaica win relay

American star sprinter Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the golds at a world championship for the third time when he helped Jamaica's relay team to a fourth successive 4x100 metres title on Saturday.

othersports Updated: Aug 29, 2015 18:57 IST
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) crosses the finish line ahead of Rolando Palacios of Honduras (L) and Julian Reus of Germany to win his men's 200 metres heat at the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing. (Reuters)

American star sprinter Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the golds at a world championship for the third time when he helped Jamaica's relay team to a fourth successive 4x100 metres title on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who had already won the 100 and 200 metres events, ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans took gold in 37.36 seconds at the Bird's Nest Stadium.

The United States team featuring Justin Gatlin, who won silver behind Bolt in both individual sprints, botched their final handover but crossed the line second in 37.77 with the bronze going to hosts China in 38.01.

It was a record-extending 11th world gold for Bolt, who also won three sprint titles at the 2009 and 2013 world championships.

His team mates Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade helped extend Jamaica's dominance of the sprint relay to a sixth straight major global championships, including the last two Olympics.