After a week that has brought shock upsets, controversy and typically wet British weather, this year’s World Athletics Championships were finally treated to the spectacle it so desperately craved and needed: that of Great Britain storming to a surprise gold medal in the men’s 4x100m relay final on Saturday night.
It was a result nobody expected and one that overshadowed Usain Bolt’s final track appearance, which was brought to an end in tragic fashion after the Jamaican pulled up with injury on the final straight.
But while the image of the eight-time Olympian collapsed on the track nursing his calf, long after the race had finished, certainly made for an unwelcome sight, it was a night to remember for Great Britain’s golden quartet.
The British team of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake had a night to remember after the quartet finished first with a world lead time of 37.47 seconds.
The race favourites United States team of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin,Jaylen Bacon and Christian Coleman was beaten to second place with the season best of 37.52 while Japan team of Shuhei Tada, Shola Iizuka,Yoshihide Kiryu and Kenji Fujimitsu were the surprise bronze medalist with season best of 38.04.
The jamaican team of Omar Mcleod, Julian Forte, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt did not finish due to the injury.