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Usain Bolt bows out: World reacts on shocking end to a glorious career

Usain Bolt pulled up a hamstring in what was his career’s final race, at the IAAF World Championships on Saturday

other sports Updated: Aug 13, 2017 14:03 IST
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures to the crowd after he pulled up injured in the final of the men's 4x100m relay athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium on Sunday.(AFP)

In what turned out to be a disastrous end to a fabulous career, Usain Bolt pulled up a hamstring and witnessed a shocking end to his very last race, leaving millions of his fans astounded and heartbroken.

During the 4x100m relays final at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London, Bolt was running third, a few meters behind the two leaders after taking the baton when he suddenly pulled up, hobbled and tumbled awkwardly on the track as Britain went on to win the gold medal.

He lay on the track with his face on his hands, being attended by medics. It was assumed that Bolt will be taken off the track in a wheelchair, but he, with the help of his Jamaica teammates Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake, got up and hobbled for about 30 meters to go past the finish line.

Even though the official record showed Jamaica did not finish the race, the legendary athlete remained totally determined to finish the race. The incident left many shocked and surprised, but internet was flooded with rich tributes for Bolt.

Despite a disappointing end to his career, Bolt retires with an incredible haul of 19 major gold medals.

First Published: Aug 13, 2017 12:36 IST