“A lot of the pain is from disappointment from losing the race,” Team Jamaica doctor Kevin Jones told reporters about how Bolt was feeling after the event. “The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist didn’t remain on the ground for long. He got up with the help of his teammates Blake, Omar McLeod and Julian Forte to eventually limp across the finish line and offer the crowd a tearful wave.
Bolt also appeared to apologize to his teammates, who looked on with understanding.
It was a heartbreaking ending to an outstanding track and field career for Usain Bolt on Saturday at the IAAF World Championships in London. Running the final leg of the men’s 4×100 relay for Jamaica, Bolt failed to finish when a cramp in his left hamstring led him to pull up just after teammate Yohan Blake handed him the baton. Bolt collapsed on the track.