Usain Bolt's career has ended in extraordinary drama as he pulled up with injury on the anchor leg of his very last race, the 4x100 metres relay final at the World Championships.
The 30‑year‑old had taken the baton for Jamaica a few metres adrift of the two leaders when, straining hard to catch them, he stopped abruptly with cramp in his left hamstring.
As Great Britain went on to win gold, Bolt lay on his back in his lane, his head in hands, being tended to by medics as one waited with a wheelchair to help push him off the track.
Yet the sport's greatest entertainer was determined that one of the finest careers in sport was not going to end with him in a wheelchair.
Thank You my peeps.— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 12, 2017
Infinite love for my fans 🙌🏽🙌🏽 https://t.co/uu9dBdwLMH
So the fastest man of all‑time, surrounded by his three worried team mates, rose to his feet and limped the last 30 metres to the line.
The official result recorded that the Jamaicans did not finish but Bolt had been absolutely determined to ensure he completed the last race after a matchless career in which he won 19 major championship gold medals.
Bolt probably one year too many. Sad to see him go down in his final race. Personally I think he has been amazing for the sport. #Respect— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 12, 2017
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