It’s a shame Bolt didn’t have the chance to challenge on the home straight but in truth he had probably been given too much to do after a couple of sloppy changes by the Jamaican team. Replays show what looks like Bolt’s hamstring snapping after only a few strides, followed by a grimace and his collapse on to the track. A huge shame to see the greatest sprinter of all time sign off in that way but it’s certainly not going to taint what he has achieved.
Every single part of the British team’s race was exceptional but two parts in particular stand out: Chijindu Ujah’s outrageously good start and Adam Gemili’s rapid second leg down the back straight which seemed to extend their lead from USA and the new world champion, Justin Gatlin. Danny Talbot completed a tidy top bend and Mitchell-Blake did just enough on the anchor.
Japan, by the way, claimed bronze, edging out China. What an extraordinary race.
The winning time of 37.47sec is the third fastest time in men’s 4x100m relay history, I’m told, and the replay shows why: inch-perfect changes in every box. Brilliant from the British team and they needed to be perfect to beat the Americans.
In the drama, a sad sight: Usain Bolt pulled up sprinting the final leg and is hurt. He hauls himself up and limps across the line before applauding the crowd and crouching back down in some pain.
Great Britain & NI win men’s 4x100m gold!
Britain make an explosive start and lead right from the beginning, all the way into Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake on the anchor leg. Jamaica have faltered with the baton and he only has Christian Coleman to hold off, which he does by a tiny fraction! Remarkable.
Here they go with the men’s 4x100m relay final. Usain Bolt’s final act. Can he sign off with another gold?
Bolt waves to the crowd, looking extremely relaxed alongside the talented Christian Coleman of America, Christophe Lemaitre of France and Britain’s Mitchell-Blake all ready for the final leg.
The 4x100m relay competitors stride out on to the track. Japan give a nice bow before the camera, China offer a pose, the British runners clap and cheer, and Jamaica give a jaunty shoulder drop with rhythm. A confident swagger from the US, a salute by Turkey and finally Canada who give up a Hammers sign, very appropriate for the stadium. Enough of all that, it’s race time. On commentary, Michael Johnson predicts a US victory.
The teams: Canada, Turkey, USA, Jamaica, France, GB, China, Japan. Chijindu Ujah leads Britain off with Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake anchoring. France have a strong lineup with Christophe Lemaitre on the anchor leg, while the USA features Justin Gatlin on leg two and Christian Coleman bringing it home and might just be the favourites, but all eyes will be on Usain Bolt in his final major track appearance. The 110m hurdle champion Omar McLeod leads Jamaica off, handing to Julian Forte before Yohan Blake passes to Bolt.
Behind the scenes Usain Bolt and Mo Farah share a warm embrace, before the Briton’s medal ceremony. Farah takes to the podium to collect his silver with a smile, and even offers up one last Mobot. Muktar Edris of Ethiopia takes the gold medal with America’s Paul Chelimo collecting bronze.
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The replay shows that the change to Dina Asher-Smith for the third leg was a little messy and that may just have prevented the British team starting the anchor leg in the lead. Even so, a good medal claimed up against a strong field.
USA win women’s 4x100m relay gold!
As they come off the final bend it’s close between USA, Britain, Germany and Jamaica but Torie Bowie shows the pace which won her the 100m world title to win by a comfortable margin, with Britain taking a well-earned silver ahead of Jamaica in third!
The teams: Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, GB, Germany, Jamaica, Brazil, Switzerland. Asha Philip will lead off for the British team with Daryll Neita bringing it home. The US have Allyson Felix going on the second leg with the 100m world champion Torie Bowie anchoring.
It’s been a busy evening and only the relays are left tonight. First up, the women’s 4x100m final. They come out in their teams and fun/dramatic poses are the order of the day in front of the camera. Britain’s is a bit of a mess, which hopefully indicates that they have been practicing their baton passing instead.
Johannes Vetter wins men’s javelin gold for Germany!
Jakub Vadlejch can’t pull out a killer throw with his final effort and settles for silver ahead of his Czech Republic team-mate Petr Frydrych who takes bronze. An emotional Johannes Vetter lies on the track, before rushing to hug his coach and letting the tears flow. He launched the javelin 94 metres in qualifying but 89.89m was enough in the final.
Thomas Röhler needs a monster. He bounces at the top of his run up before charging into his throw. It’s a good effort, but it’s not nearing the 90m mark which he needed to claim a medal and he will miss out.
Wow – in the men’s javelin final Petr Frydrych of the Czech Republic throws a huge personal best of 88.32m to oust the Olympic champion Röhler from the bronze medal position! Röhler will have only one throw to get himself back on the podium.
Only two more races to come on the track: first up is the women’s 4x100m followed by Usain Bolt’s final act on the track in the men’s relay.
None of the leading three – the current leader Johannes Vetter, Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and the Olympic champion Thomas Röhler – improve on their best marks and they will continue in that order heading into their final throws.
No change to the men’s javelin final after the fourth round. Here come the medal contenders with their penultimate throw…
Sir Mo Farah speaks! “It’s been a long journey, it’s been incredible. I realised this is it. To be honest, the 10k took a lot more out of me than I realised. They had a gameplan and the better man won on the day. My legs had it. I got boxed in and by the time I got out I had nothing.”
Reflecting on his career, he says: “I remember in 2008 I was so disappointed with myself, I had to make decisions, I had to move to the other side of the world to become a champion. This chapter’s closed now, it’s done.”
The men’s javelin final is well on its way, and at the top two fancied Germans are right up there: the Olympic champion Thomas Röhler is currently third after three throws with 88.26m and his team-mate Johannes Vetter leads the way with 89.89m. Between them lies Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic with a mark of 89.73m.
Kevin Mayer wins the men’s decathlon gold for France!
Mayer cruises around 1500m of track in the final event in the men’s decathlon and becomes the world champion. With Ashton Eaton now retired the chance is there for Mayer to create an era for himself. Rico Freimuth claims silver and Kai Kazmirek bronze, both for Germany.
It’s worth noting the achievement by the 19-year-old Yuliia Levchenko who set a personal best with 2.01m to claim the high jump silver medal and looks set to be a star of the future.
Maria Lasitskene wins women’s high jump gold!
Back to the women’s high jump final, where Britain’s KJT and Morgan Lake both fell at the 1.95m height during that 5,000m final. Only three made it – Poland’s Kamila Licwinko, Ukraine’s Yuliia Levchenko and the favourite Maria Lasitskene. The latter two cleared 2.01m, but only Lasitskene could clear 2.03m and with that she claimed gold and the world title! A reminder that she is representing herself as an authorised neutral athlete, rather than her home country of Russia.
So Farah signs off with 10 major medals – six world titles and four Olympic golds. Some track career. He is still out there taking photos, signing autographs, and forcing a smile for selfies even though he is clearly hurting.
An emotional Farah takes a lap of the London Stadium, venue for his most famous triumph, to applaud his home crowd who give him a rapturous reception.
America’s Paul Chelimo narrowly missed out on silver, just shy of Farah, and takes bronze. Credit to the little powerhouse Muktar Edris, a former junior world champion, who got stronger as he attacked the home straight and actually extended his lead over the final 50 metres, which doesn’t often happen to Mo.
Farah lies on the track at the finish in a ball of disappointment, holding his head in his hands. He looks gutted, understandably so, but at the end of an incredible track career it is yet another medal. Eventually he pulls himself up and goes to find his family.