Usain Bolt suffered a injury midway in his anchor leg of the men’s 4×100 metres relay and pulled out of the last race of his career at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.
Bolt, who suffered his first 100 meter defeat in nine years on August 5, apparently had a pulled leg only 30 metres into the race. He limped to the finish line in agony and was taken away in a wheelchair.
The master sprinter left the final championship of his 13-year long career with only a bronze from the individual 100m run. The incident has shook his fans all over the world and has been called unfortunate and sad.
Britain won the gold in 37.47 seconds, the US won silver in 37.52 and Japan was third in 38.04, Xinhua reported.
China, silver medalist two years ago, was fourth in 38.34.
The British team of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake broke a European record that had stood since 1999, Efe news reported.
Bolt, who had announced prior to the World Athletics Championships that it would be his last major competition, is one of the all-time legends of track and field.
He first burst on the scene with his performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he set new world records in winning both the 100-meter and 200-meter finals.
Bolt then lost virtually no race of consequence for nine years, the lone exception coming when he was disqualified for a false start at the 100-meter final at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
But time finally caught up with the 30-year-old Jamaican at his final event, in which he finished third in the 100 meters last Saturday and then was unable to finish his final race.