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Dazzling Bolt leads Jamaica to world record

Sep 4, 2011, 6:44 a.m.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica sprints to the finish line winning the men's 4x100 metres relay final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble

By Ossian Shine

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - The world's fastest man Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to a golden 4x100m relay world record in the final race of the 13th world athletics championships on Sunday.

Like so often before, Bolt crossed the line all on his own and once again his performance cast all others into the shade.

Mo Farah had been magnificent in clinching 5,000m gold for Britain in a superb race that would have proved a fitting climax to a dramatic Daegu games, but now that accolade must go to Bolt and his compatriots who set the first world record of the championships in its final event.

With an eye on the clock for what seemed like 50 meters, as soon as Bolt crossed the line he hurled his baton high into the crowd and the infectious celebrations began.

His dancing can only be described as world class, too.

"For me, it was just to go out there fast. We did just that. I am proud of my team," Bolt said after setting the 37.04 record.

"I am happy with myself. I enjoyed being the anchor. I had a little problem with my Achilles. I can't run the bend. It was decided I would run the anchor. Yohan Blake ran a great bend. I am happy with that."

LOST TITLE

As Farah was clinching 5,000 meters gold for Britain -- the nation's first world title at that distance -- another Briton was losing his crown with Phillips Idowu having to settle for triple jump silver.

He produced his season's best jump of 17.77m but it was nowhere near good enough to prevent American Christian Taylor from taking gold with a massive leap of 17.96m.

"It wasn't my day," said Idowu. "I felt I had that distance in my legs but it never came."

There was to be no happy ending for Caster Semenya, but she did not seem unduly concerned. The South African who was subject to an indelicate gender challenge after winning in 2009, lost her 800 meters title to Mariya Savinova.

Fifth after one lap, Semenya moved to the front and appeared strong and set for gold in a fast race. Her Russian rival from somewhere found another gear to reel her in, though, and overtook just before the line to take the title in 1:55.87, the quickest time this year.

"The race was pretty good. Even though I got a silver, I really enjoyed it, better than two years ago," a sanguine Semenya told reporters. "I know I won gold in Berlin, but I am feeling much better today."

COOL NIGHT

Russia also won the women's hammer, Tatyana Lysenko triumphing with a season-best 77.13 meters.

The United States women finished on a high, racing to 4x100 meters victory over Jamaica.

The team of Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter won in the year's fastest time of 41.56 seconds.

Jeter, the individual 100 meters champion, said: "It's been great, I'm very excited going into London 2012, it gives me a lot of motivation to go training for next year.

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