Farewell race ends in disaster for Bolt

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USAIN Bolt has failed to complete his final race.

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt falls after injuring himself in the final of the men's 4x100m relay athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

USAIN Bolt has failed to complete his final race.

In a shocking end to his brilliant career the greatest athlete in history suffered a leg injury half-way down the home straight in the final leg of the 4x100m relay.

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Bolt received the baton in third position and as he attempted to switch gears something went horribly wrong.

The eight-time Olympic champion appeared to strain the calf of his left leg which threw him off balance.

Momentum saw him do a forward roll but he didn’t last long on his feet before collapsing on the track.

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Oh, no: The moment Usain Bolt knew something was wrong. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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Bolt’s legs begin to give way and he falls forward. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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The Jamaican superstar uses a barrel roll to break his fall. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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Bolt, mid-roll. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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The look of anguish on his face says it all. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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A shattered Bolt lay on the track for some time. Picture: AP Source: AP

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Medical staff and teammates surrounded Bolt on the track. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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But he shrugged them off to walk gingerly across the line, saluting the crowd in his final race. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

He lay there motionless for some time as medical officials rushed to his aid, bringing a wheelchair onto the track.

Bolt shook them off and hobbled over the line, clapping to the crowd as he crossed finish line.

It has been a disastrous farewell championships for the world’s fastest man who was surprisingly beaten in the 100m, his final individual race of his career, where he took bronze.

The official diagnosis afterwards was a cramp in his hamstring.

“It’s cramp in his left hamstring but a lot of pain is from disappointment from losing the race,” Jamaican team doctor Kevin Jones said.

“The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him.”

With Jamaica, who had won the previous four world titles out of the picture, it was left to hometown heroes Great Britain to take gold ahead of the USA.

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