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Jamaica’s Bolt Wins Eighth World Championship Gold of His Career

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Jamaica’s Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, competes in the men's 400-meter relay final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Aug. 18, 2013. Photographer: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Jamaica’s Usain Bolt anchored his nation to victory in the 400-meter relay yesterday on the final day of the World Athletics Championships.

Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt had a time of 37.36 seconds, ahead of the U.S. and Britain.

The British team then lost the bronze medal as it was disqualified for a faulty baton handover, and Canada was promoted to third. It was the sixth time in seven major championships that British sprinters have been unable to get the baton around safely.

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Bolt, the current 100m world record holder, was winning his third title at these world championships, having taken the 100m and 200m events. He’s now won a record-equaling eight golds in his career at the worlds.

“I am very satisfied. It’s a wonderful energy that’s coming out,” Bolt said in addressing the crowd, after dancing in delight following his team’s victory.

Jamaica’s women’s team regained the 400m relay title in a time of 41.29 seconds. France was second and the U.S. third.

Also yesterday, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya retained his men’s 1,500m title in 3 minutes, 36.28 seconds, with Matthew Centrowitz of the U.S. second in 3:36.78.

Kiprop’s compatriot Eunice Jepkoech Sum won the women’s 800m in 1:57.38. Germany’s Christina Obergfoll won the women’s javelin event with a throw of 69.05m, and Teddy Tamgho of France took the men’s triple jump crown with a leap of 18.04 metres.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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