Bolt ready for the baton

Usain Bolt at World Championships - Caribbean National Weekly News

Having placed third in his final individual race, Usain Bolt turns his attention to the 4X100 meters relay on August 12 in London, as the World Championships winds down.


The relay takes place one week after he was beaten in the 100 meters by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. Jamaica are defending champions in the event, with a world record of 36.84 seconds set at the 2012 Olympics in London.


Didn’t practice with teammates


In an interview with Reuters on August 7, Bolt said he had not practiced with team-mates ahead of the final race of his illustrious career.


“We haven’t done any baton changes as yet with the guys, but I

feel we are ready. I have talked to Julian Forte a little bit. I haven’t

really talked to the youngsters so we’ll see when it comes to the

baton changes, but I’m always excited to run relays and we see

what the guys are prepared and ready to do,” he said.


Forte was a semi-finalist in the 100 meters. Yohan Blake, who

made that final and was part of the record-setting quartet five

years ago, is expected to be in the team again.


Bolt, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater were the other members of

that all-star London quartet which beat Trinidad and Tobago and

France into second and third respectively.


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