Greatness limps into sunset

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Aug 2017 08:52:25


 

LONDON,

Usain limps off with an injury; Mo fails in his quest for a fourth 5,000m world title, finishes with silver

THE World Athletics Championships just can’t stop popping up surprises even as Jamaican great Usain Bolt and local hero Mohamed Farah bid farewell to their respective careers amid tears and defeat.


In the last race of his career, Bolt limped off the track while hosts Britain took the stunning 4x100m victory to the ecstasy of the capacity London Stadium spectators here on Saturday evening, reports Xinhua news agency.


Bolt had only taken a few strides when he appeared to suffer an injury to his left leg around 30 metres into the anchor leg. He dropped the baton before falling face down to the track in pain.
The 11-time world champion and eight-time Olympic titlist stayed down for a couple of minutes and refused the offer of a wheelchair from medics before standing up and walking to the finish line.


For all his stellar achievements, it book-ended a professional life in the fast lane that started in similar fashion, when he limped across the line last in the 200m final on his World Championships debut as an injury-prone 18-year-old in Helsinki back in 2005.


“Everybody was jelly. Everybody was pumped. It just happened (Usain’s injury). Usain Bolt’s name will always live on,” Jamaica’s first leg runner Omar McLeod said.


It was a roller-coaster night for the celebrating home fans when a couple of hours ago their emotion could only be described as disappointed when Farah failed in his quest for a fourth 5,000m world title in his farewell race just like Bolt.
Young Ethiopian star Muktar Edris has beaten the all-dominating Mohamed Farah of Britain to win the men’s 5,000 metre title at the IAAF World Championships here. Edris, who was crowned world youth champion in 2012, produced a strong charge on the final stretch to register a time of 13 minutes and 32.79 seconds on Saturday evening.


The 23-year-old, who won the first major senior world title of his career, stopped Farah from taking his fourth 5,000m world title.
“I gave it everything,” said Farah who initially curled up on the track in defeat and then was pulled up by Edris.
“It takes so much out of me. Tactically I was trying to cover every move. They had the game plan; one of them was going to sacrifice themselves... and the better man won on the day,” he added.


A surprise also took place in the field events as Johannes Vetter of Germany grabbed his first ever medal at a major global competition—a golden one—with his first attempt of 89.89 meters to win the men’s javelin event even as defending champion Julius Yego and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler failed to deliver.
In other events, Russia’s Maria Lasitskene retained the women’s high jump title.


The 24-year-old, competing as an authorised neutral athlete, cleared 2.03 meters for the gold medal. Ukraine’s Yuliia Levchenko took silver in 2.01 and Poland’s Kamila Licwinko was third in 1.99.
“My two failed attempts at 1.99m woke me up,” she said.
“A gold medal here was my main goal for this season but certainly I would like to raise the bar a bit higher. I didn’t like any one of my attempts at 2.08m.”


Meanwhile, USA regained the women’s 4x100m world crown which they last won at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu as they sailed to victory in 41.82 seconds while hosts Britain gladly bagged a silver in 42.12. Defending champions Jamaica clocked 42.19 for the bronze.
Australia’s Sally Pearson won her second world women’s 100 meters hurdles title in six years.


Pearson, 30, who won the world title in 2011 and Olympic gold five years ago, clocked 12.59 seconds for the gold.
“It’s been a long journey back from injury but to get this moment and go and celebrate in front of my family is unreal. This is just so incredible to be a world champion again,” Pearson, also the silver medallist in the Beijing Olympics, said.


“I love this stadium. I love the people and I’m so happy to have been back here doing the same thing again (winning gold). It’s a relief to be world champion.”
Rio Olympic silver medallist Kevin Mayer claimed France’s second gold from the men’s decathlon with a total of 8,768 points.


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