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Third medal for king Bolt as Jamaica takes relay title

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-23

Usain Bolt made it three out of three as he helped Jamaica claim gold in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships after shattering two world records.

REUTERS - Jamaican Usain Bolt shattered two world records and won three world championship gold medals in Berlin—now he is ready to hit the clubs and the beach.
 

"I am just trying to finish the season without injuries and then go on vacation, go clubbing, go to the beach, do all that fun stuff," said the laid-back 23-year-old.

 

"I just want to party. I’ve got to go out tonight. I haven’t celebrated all week so I have to do something."

 

Bolt, who raced almost daily here and was the biggest crowd-puller, demolished the 100 and 200 metres world records and helped Jamaica win the 4x100 relay on Saturday.

 

"I am so tired, I am dying. I am just happy I ran around the track to give Asafa (Powell) the baton," he said.

 

Powell, a former world record holder who won bronze in the 100, said despite an injury he came out to race knowing a tired Bolt would not be able to do it alone.

 

"I thought they needed my help," Powell said.

 

"Usain alone could not help them so I came out here on the track very early this morning to really feel how the leg felt and it felt OK so I decided to run."


My best

 

Jamaica’s men and women won every individual and relay sprinting gold medal in Berlin, except the women’s 200 title.

 

"The first aim was to get the gold medal," said Bolt of the relay race. "It means that last year (at the Beijing Olympics) was not a joke. I came out here and did almost everything I did in Beijing. So I am happy I came out here and did my best."

 

Bolt, who plans to race in the 100 metres at the Golden League meeting in Zurich on Friday where he would face Powell, will return to Jamaica with three golds in his bags.

 

He will also have a slightly bulkier prize because on Sunday Berlin’s mayor will present the sprinter with an original piece of the Berlin Wall that divided the capital until 1989.

 

This unique souvenir weighs 2.7 tons, is 3.60 metres high and 1.20 metres wide.

 

"I don’t know yet what I am going to do with it. I thought it was a small piece. I did not know it was going to be so big," said a smiling Bolt.

 

 

Date created : 2009-08-22

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