Usain Bolt charged down the straight with all his energy and intensity, as if his life was on the line, to sign off the Olympics with a sprint relay world record of 36.84s for Jamaica.
The momentum almost carried him to the 200m mark before Bolt eased to celebrate with a ‘Mo bot’ salute quite characteristic of his friend Mo Farah, who himself did a grand double of the 10,000 and 5000 metres to warm the British hearts on Saturday.
There was no doubt that Bolt wanted the world record for his teammates, and he picked the relay gold above his individual sprint gold medals as the one dearest to his heart in the London Games. He repeated his feat of winning three gold medals in Beijing, which he had done in world record time.
It was a dream finish as Bolt got the baton from Blake almost the same time as the American anchor Ryan Bailey got it from Tyson Gay. Bolt was just too good and beat the American by two metres.
“It is always a beautiful feeling to end like this. For me it is a wonderful feeling. The team came out and gave their all. I knew a world record was possible,” said Bolt, who joined Ray Ewry of the US to win three athletic gold medals in two Games. Bolt was the first to do it in the last 108 years.
With his six Olympic gold medals, the 25-year-old Bolt was behind Paavo Nurmi (9) of Finland, Carl Lewis (9) of the US and Ewry (8), in athletics. Bolt said that it would be difficult for him to be at his prime in Rio in 2016 when Blake would be at the peak of his powers.
“I am sure a lot of other