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 Saturdayother sports Updated: Aug 13, 2017 14:03 IST
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.
Usain Bolt pulls up with pulled hamstring in final World Championship. Still classy as he applauds the crowd in London, even in pain. pic.twitter.com/DuD5Lm6WJd— Troy Hirsch (@troyhirschfox5) August 12, 2017
Oh.. no. That's not the way to finish his career. Every one will remember what he achieved. @usainbolt well done! 👏👏👏— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 12, 2017
LEGEND. 🙌🏼 USAIN BOLT 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/ci9t02ysQU— Marc Bartra (@MarcBartra) August 12, 2017
Bolt probably one year too many. Sad to see him go down in his final race. Personally I think he has been amazing for the sport. #Respect— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 12, 2017
You're remembered for how you lived and not for how you died...Usain Bolt's legacy stays untouched. Legend. #Respect— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 13, 2017
Sport can be uplifting and cruel, generous and mean. Because it is real, it tells the greatest stories. As it has with the great Usain Bolt— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 13, 2017
Thank You my peeps.— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 12, 2017
Infinite love for you all🙌🏽🙌🏽
Despite a disappointing end to his career, Bolt retires with an incredible haul of 19 major gold medals.