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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

"I'm excited to run with these ladies tonight, they ran exceptional legs, they did the job."

Favorite for the 10,000m earlier in the championships, Farah had to settle for silver on that occasion.

Briefly, it had looked as though he may miss out again when, with only three laps of the race gone, he moved to the side of the track grabbed a cup of water and splashed it over his head.

On a cool night so early in a race, that had not looked a good omen, but Farah sprinted to rejoin the pack and settled back into his rhythm.

U.S. DOMINANCE

Where his tactics had been called into question in the 10,000, he got it right over the shorter distance, moving on to the shoulders of the leaders with two laps to go and kicking hard.

Eyes wide, he held off an accelerating Bernard Lagat and kissed his fingers and spread his arms wide as he crossed the line in 13 minutes 23.36 to give Britain their second gold medal in Daegu after Dai Greene had won the 400m hurdles.

"I'm very proud, I can't believe it," he said.

"It hasn't quite sunk in. I came so close in the 10. I just had to try and dig in. I just had to try and relax and get it right."

His victory came as a huge fillip to the British camp with less than a year to go before the London Games. Britain finished with two golds, four silvers and a bronze.

The U.S. topped the medal table with 12 golds, three ahead of Russia with Kenya third on seven.

Earlier on Sunday, Abel Kirui won Kenya's seventh gold by defending his marathon title in two hours, seven minutes and 38 seconds.

Kirui had not even been included on Kenya's provisional list for Daegu. However, selectors gave him the opportunity to defend his title in South Korea after several other athletes opted not to run.

"They made a wise choice to recognize me," Kirui said with a smile.

Crossing the line with fingers pointing to the sky Kirui still had the energy to hop around in a victory dance, then respectfully moved to the side to await the arrival of his compatriot and silver medalist Vincent Kipruto.

"I was so glad," he said. "It was emotional, I found myself dancing and rejoicing."

(Editing by Ed Osmond. To comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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