Moscow, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Usain Bolt bagged his third gold medal at the IAAF World Championships after leading Jamaica to victory in the men’s 4×100-meter relay Sunday.
With Bolt leading the charge, the Jamaicans finished with a world-leading time of 37.36 seconds for their fifth straight global championship gold medal in the men’s relay.
In addition to his 100-meter and 200-meter gold medals, Bolt is now the most bemedalled athlete in world championship history with eight gold medals and two silvers, surpassing Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.
Justin Gatlin anchored United States to a second-place finish with a time of 37.66 but Great Britain, which crossed the line in third, were disqualified for its troubles when Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Ellington failed to transfer the baton within the zone.
The bronze medal was given to Canada, which finished with a time of 37.92 seconds, its first sub-38 second clocking for Canada since August 1997 when Donovan Bailey anchored their team in 37.86 for the gold medal at Athens World Championships.
It was the Canadians’ first global championships medal in this event since that 1997 gold with fifth place from Berlin 2009 being the best achievement between 1999 and 2011.
Germany was clocked 38.04 for fourth place, matching its best ever placing in this event. East Germany was fourth in Helsinki 1983 and West Germany in Rome 1987.
The Netherlands was fifth in 38.37, Japan sixth (38.39) and Trinidad and Tobago in seventh place (38.57).
The Jamaicans swept all six sprint events after their women’s team – composed of Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce — dominated the 4×100-meter event with a championship and national record time of 41.29 seconds.