Bolt Grabs Third Gold

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BERLIN (AP) -- Usain Bolt's third gold medal of the world championships failed to produce a third world record because the Jamaican 400-meter relay team only managed to produce the second-fastest time in history.

"It is a little bit my fault," an apologetic Bolt said. "I was a little tired."

Since the Beijing Olympics, Bolt had won five major gold medals with a world record each time. The world record streak ended in the 400 relay after he set two individual marks in Berlin.

With former world-record holder Asafa Powell taking the baton from Bolt for the anchor leg, Jamaica won in 37.31 seconds, a championship record but slower than the world record of 37.10 they set in Beijing last year.

Trinidad and Tobago took silver and Britain got bronze.

The absence of the record left the ever ebullient Bolt subdued. Instead of his antics and mimicking, Bolt sat down on the track and stretched. He untied his shoes and hugged Powell.

They planned for a big party in Berlin, though.

"It is top secret where we are going," Bolt said.

"Anywhere he is going, I am going," Powell added.

Bolt has plenty of reason to celebrate. The 100 and 200 world-record holder was perfect when it came to his three golds, much like Jesse Owens was 73 years ago when he went 4-for-4 at the same stadium during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

With Bolt's relay win, it was Jamaica's fifth sprint victory at the world championships, extending the country's overwhelming domination over the Americans.


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