AFRICANGLOBE – A barefooted Usain Bolt hammed it up after winning a third gold medal on the last day of the world Championships. He even tossed his spikes into the crowd. Why not? His work was finished.
In the last race of the championships Sunday, Bolt grabbed the gold-colored baton for his anchor leg of the 4×100-meter relay and became the most decorated athlete in world championship history.
“For me, my aim is to continue hard (toward) the greatness thing,” said Bolt, after Jamaica finished in a world-leading time of 37.36 seconds. “Continue dominating.”
Winning gold in the 100, 200 and relay, he moved past Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.
“It’s not just about the talent, it’s about rising to the occasion. He understands what that means,” said Justin Gatlin, who anchored the U.S. to a silver medal.
Overshadowed by Bolt mania was the performance of teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who also won three sprinting events. She finished it off by breaking away from the field in the 4×100, easily beating an American squad that included San Jose’s Jeneba Tarmoh.
As a nation, the Americans may be searching for some answers. Sure, the United States won 25 medals. But only six of them were gold as Russia edged them with seven, making it the first time the U.S. failed to at least tie for the gold-medal lead since the first world championships in Helsinki 30 years ago.
In other finals Sunday:
— Christina Obergfoell of Germany won her first major javelin title.
— Teddy Tamgho of France captured the triple jump with American Will Claye claiming bronze.
— Eunice Sum of Kenya took the women’s 800 meters. Brenda Martinez of the United States was third, passing former Cal runner Alysia Johnson Montaño, who had a big lead after one lap, at the finish.
But the day belonged to Usain Bolt, who danced his way around the track to the point where he almost fell over.
“I just went along with the music,” Bolt said.
All that is golden
Usain Bolt became the most decorated athlete in world championship history. Here are the top three men:
Bolt: 8 golds, 2 silvers
Carl Lewis: 8 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Michael Johnson: 8 golds