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MOSCOW---Usain Bolt is, yet
And with three gold medals in
Moscow, the Jamaican great became
the most successful athlete in the
30-year history of the world cham-
The 4x100-metre relay gold yes-
terday erased the memories of the
100 title he missed out on in South
Korea two years ago because of a
false start. And, in combination with
a similar 100-200-4x100 triple from
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Bolt was
instrumental in giving Jamaica the
first ever sweep in those six sprint
The tall Jamaican was trailing
Justin Gatlin when he got the baton
on the anchor leg, but a botched US
handover and his superlative speed
were enough to see him, and his
He gritted his teeth, dipped at the
line, and then grinned.
"I wasn t really worried about
Justin. I knew if he got the baton in
front of me, I could catch him," Bolt
said. "So it was just going out there
to run as fast as possible."
And when he does, nobody has
stopped him when it mattered---in
a half decade, and counting.
"It s not just about the talent. It s
about rising to the occasion. He
understands what that means,"
Bolt had already won the 100 and
200 metres. It was his second such
sprint triple at the world champi-
onships, matching the two he has
won at the Olympics.
With his victory, Bolt moved to
the top of the all-time world cham-
pionships medals table with eight
gold and two silver, edging Carl
Lewis, who has eight gold, one silver
and one bronze.
"It is just great," Bolt said of the
comparison. "I ll continue dominat-
ing. I ll continue to work hard. For
me, my aim is to continue hard into
the greatness thing."
And again the Luzhniki Stadium
and its 40,000 fans were turned into
a Bolt party.
With palpable relief after a week
of all-business during his earlier
races, Bolt finally let go. His arms
across his chest, he kicked his legs
as he went down lower and lower
to imitate a traditional eastern Euro-
pean dance to the delight of the
"I m not even sure which country
it s from. It just went along with the
music, so I did it," Bolt said.
Twenty minutes earlier, Fraser-
Pryce became the first woman in
world championship history to sweep
the sprint events, anchoring Jamaica
to gold in the 4x100 relay.
Unlike Bolt, Fraser-Pryce got the
baton with a big lead. With her pink
hair extensions swaying in the air
behind her, she kept on building on
it to cross in a championship record
of 41.29 seconds.
Lost in the excitement and a string
of upsets was that the United States
failed to lead the gold medal stand-
ings for the first time since the inau-
gural world championships in
Helsinki 30 years ago.
Instead, Russia topped the table
with seven gold, edging the United
States and Jamaica with six. In the
overall standings, the U.S. team dom-
inated with 25, holding a wide lead
over the host nation with 17.
With a middle distance double on
Sunday, Kenya secured African dom-
ination over neighbour and rival
Asbel Kiprop of Kenya successfully
defended his 1,500 title, trailing
teammate Nixon Chepseba for most
of the race before emerging into the
finishing straight with a devastating
kick no one could match.
Matthew Centrowitz of the United
States took silver in the hectic sprint
finish, just ahead of Johan Cronje of
And Eunice Sum won her first
major title when she held off
Olympic champion Mariya Savinova
of Russia at the end to win the
women s 800.
Russia hoped it would win another
gold in the women s javelin, but
defending champion Maria Abaku-
mova disappointed with bronze.
Instead, Christina Obergfoell of Ger-
many won her first major javelin
title at 31, beating Kimberley Mickle
The string of upsets continued in
the men s triple jump, where
Olympic and defending champion
Christian Taylor of the United States
finished only fourth. Teddy Tamgho
of France edged Pedro Pichardo of
Cuba for gold.
Tamgho and Pichardo were even
at 17.68 meters late in the contest
but Tamgho made the difference on
his last jump when he leapt 18.04
for his first world title.
Another golden triple for Bolt
United States' Justin Gatlin, right, and Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second from right, run after receiving the baton in the
men's 4x100-metre relay final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia,
yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Britain's Mo Farah, right, crosses the finish line to win the men's 5000-metre final ahead of Ethiopia's Hagos
Gebrhiwet, left, and Kenya's Isiah Kiplangat Koech, second from left, at the World Athletics Championships in the
Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce reacts after winning the women's
4x100-metre relay final at the World Athletics Championships in the
Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.
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