Jamaicans triumph in both men&’s and women&’s 4x100m relay

agence france-presse
Moscow, 18 August
Usain Bolt equalled the record for the number of world golds won when he anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to victory at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.
It was the Jamaican’s eighth world gold medal after winning the 100 and 200m at the Berlin worlds in 2009, the 200m in Daegu in 2011, the 100 and 200m in Moscow this week, as well as golds as part of the winning Jamaican 4x100m relay squads in both 2009, 2011 and now 2013.
It means Bolt has joined American women’s 200m specialist Allyson Felix, and retired US track stars Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson who, including relays, have all won eight world championship gold medals.
The quartet of individual 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt clocked 37.36sec in the race at a packed Luzhniki Stadium, with the United States claiming silver in 37.56sec and Canada taking bronze (37.92).
Britain were initially credited with third place but organisers disqualified them for "changing outside the sector in the second baton exchange".
The Jamaican victory capped another remarkable week for Bolt, who first reclaimed his world 100m title in Moscow in emphatic style, clocking a season’s best 9.77sec in heavy rain.
He then powered to a third successive world 200m title, destroying the field to finish in 19.66sec.
But the 26-year-old, who is also world record holder in both the 100 and 200m, has insisted that that record counted for nothing.
Instead Bolt stated after his 200m victory that his aim was to defend his Olympic sprint titles at the 2016 Rio Games, having won an unprecedented three golds (100, 200, 4x100m relay) in both the Beijing Games in 2008 and in London last year. The relay, however, was far from plain sailing in the battle with traditional rivals the United States and Britain.
 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first woman in world championships history to sweep the sprint events when she anchored Jamaica to gold in the 4×100-meter relay final on Sunday.
Fraser-Pryce, the 100 and 200 champion, got the baton with a big lead already. But,  she kept building on it to cross in a championship record of 41.29 seconds.
Meanwhile, Bolt on Saturday was presented with the 2012 International Association for Sports Journalists (AIPS) Male Athlete of the Year award.

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