World Championship 2017: Bolt Anchors Jamaica Into Finals
Usain Bolt guided Jamaica through to the 4x100m relay final at the World Championships as he began the final countdown to retirement.
Bolt anchored the quartet to victory in 37.95 seconds in their heat slower than Great Britain and the USA from the first heat – but will be expected to challenge for the podium in Saturday evening’s final – Bolt’s last race of his career.
The final takes place at 21:50 BST.
“For me it’s hard to be sad because of the energy I am getting from the crowd, I just feel happy and blessed,” Bolt said.
“It’s been brilliant, the energy in the stadium is outstanding. I knew it was going to be like this, I appreciate you guys coming out and supporting not just me but the whole World Championships.”
Bolt acknowledged that Yohan Blake would likely come in for the final, all the while praising his less experienced relay teammates.
“The young runners in our team — it is just about executing and coming through the race for them,” he said.
“We have been training that relay, there were some camps. Still there were some mistakes. Yohan Blake coming in for the final is definitely good.”