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Injury hit Bolt hits out at 'crazy' delay to ill-fated final career race

By Guy Aspin

The Jamaican relay team hit out at the World Athletics Championships' organisers as Usain Bolt labelled the delay to his final race on Saturday "crazy", with the sprint legend ending his career in agony after being struck down by injury.

As Great Britain powered their way to a stunning gold in the men's 4x100m relay with the third-quickest time in history, Bolt was struck down midway through his stint with cramp in his left leg.

The race started 10 minutes later than planned, with the teams being held in the warm-up area for nearly 30 minutes before they were able to run out into the London Stadium, and Bolt's teammate Yohan Blake spoke afterwards of their concern with how the preparations were dragging on.

The concern was so great that Bolt turned to Blake before the raise to express his unhappiness, and Blake furiously hit out at organisers immediately after the race after having to watch the women's high jump medal presentation overrun.

"I think they were holding us too long in the call room," Blake said. "The walk was too long. Usain was really cold and said to me, 'Yohan, I think this is crazy'.

Caster Semenya stormed away down the home straight to claim women's 800 metres gold last night. The South African backed up her Olympic title by powering home in a personal best one minute 55.16 seconds, the fastest time in the world for nine years.

There was more Kenyan joy in the men's 1500m as Elijah Manangoi claimed gold in 3:33.61, ahead of team-mate Timothy Cheruiyot.

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