- Saturday, 11 August 2012
- By Admin
Usain Bolt claimed his third gold medal of the London 2012 Games as Jamaica won the men's 4x100m relay at the Olympic Stadium in a world record time. The Jamaican quartet of Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater were too good for their nearest rivals, a US team boasting the talents of Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin.
Bolt received the baton with Jamaica already in the lead and crossed the line in 36.85 seconds, smashing the previous record of 37.04 secs and Olympic record of 37.10 secs.
Meanwhile Nigeria placed 4th but was disqualified in the women 4x400 relay in which the United States won gold by finishing in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds — good for a 3.36-second rout over Russia, the biggest margin in the final of the long relay at the Olympics since East Germany beat the US by 3.58 seconds in 1976.
Jamaica took third in 3:20.95. The fourth position then went to Ukraine. Britain who included Perri Shakes-Drayton and Christine Ohuruogu in their line-up, finished fifth.
The women’s failure means that Nigeria ended the London Olympics without a medal, the country’s worst ever outing.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after he won gold ahead of Ryan Bailey of the U.S. in the men's 4x100m relay final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 11, 2012. The Jamaican team set a new world record of 36.84 seconds. REUTERS/David Gray
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) celebrates with Britain's Mo Farah on the podium after each receiving gold medals, Bolt for men's 4x100m relay and Farah for men's 5000m at the victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh