Time for another sprint competition and another chance for Usain Bolt and the Jamaican’s to sweep the competition under the rug.
Bolt and his fellow Jamaican sprinters competed in Moscow on Sunday, a competition that cemented Bolt as the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships.
Bolt and his fellow runners teamed up to capture gold in the 4×100-meter relay. It was the same race that two years ago was lost to the South Koreans because of a false start technicality.
After the race and his third win of the week, Bolt simply stated:
“I am very satisfied.”
That satisfaction was almost lost on Bolt after his team began to trail until a botched US handover allowed Bolt’s speed to take over the pack.
Prior to the men’s 4×100-meter relay Bolt had captured the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
Usain Bolt has now captured eight gold and two silver medals at the world championships. He moves ahead of Carl Lewis who racked up eight gold, one silver, and one bronze medal.
Following his team’s record book capturing win, nearly 40,000 fans at Luzhniki Stadium burst out into applause.
Throughout his first two victories, the typically celebratory Usain Bolt managed to keep his emotions to a minimum. However, following his team’s final victory on the week, the gold medalist and worldwide track superstar, quickly began to entertain the crowd with his trademark celebration style which included striking a “Lighting Bolt” pose.
It was good news all around for Jamaica as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first woman in world championship history to sweep the sprint events. Franser-Pryce anchored the gold medal winning Jamaican women’s team in the 4×100-meter relay.
The Jamaican women’s team set a new world championships record of 41.29 seconds.
The event marked the first time in 30 years that the United States didn’t win worlds. The US and Jamaica tied for six gold medals while Russia led the pack with seven. Overall, however, the US still dominated with 25 medals compared to Russia’s 17.
Usain Bolt winning his 3rd gold at the World Championships secures his continued dominance. The question now will be whether or not he holds onto that distinction through the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio. All signs at this time point to yes.
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