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World Athletics Championships: Usain Bolt bags eighth gold, equals world record

World Athletics Championships: Usain Bolt bags eighth gold, equals world record

by AFP | Cricket | 19th Aug 2013

MOSCOW, August 18: Usain Bolt equalled the record for the number of world golds won when he anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to victory at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.

It was the Jamaican's eighth world gold medal after winning the 100 and 200m at the Berlin worlds in 2009, the 200m in Daegu in 2011, the 100 and 200m in Moscow this week, as well as golds as part of the winning Jamaican 4x100m relay squads in both 2009, 2011 and now 2013.

It means Bolt has joined American women's 200m specialist Allyson Felix, and retired US track stars Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson who, including relays, have all won eight world championship gold medals.

"Everything went well here," said Bolt, with some understatement. "It feels good to win, it's what I train for.

"I'm proud of myself and I'll continue to work to dominate for as long as possible."

The quartet of individual 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt clocked 37.36sec in the race at a packed Luzhniki Stadium.

It capped another remarkable week for Bolt, who first reclaimed his world 100m title in Moscow in emphatic style, clocking a season's best 9.77sec in heavy rain.

He then powered to a third successive world 200m title, destroying the field to finish in 19.66sec.

The relay, however, was far from plain sailing in the battle with traditional rivals the United States, who claimed silver in 37.56, and Britain, who were initially credited with bronze before being disqualified for going past the changeover area during a baton handover.

Canada were installed as bronze medallists in 37.92sec.

Meanwhile, the Jamaican sprint king may have two more races to run this season, but his thoughts have already turned to holidays after victories.

Bolt said, "I work hard and will continue working hard and pushing myself. I try and do my best at all times," said Bolt, who refused to be drawn on who was the better athlete between him and Lewis.

"I really can't say," he said. "I'm just doing what I've got to do."

Bolt, who is due to race at Zurich and the season-ending Brussels meet in the Diamond League, added: "Anything is possible, that's my motto in track and field.

"I'll give my all and hope to get three (more medals)," he said when asked about his plans for the next world championships in Beijing in 2015.