Bolt, who had to settle for bronze in the individual 100 metres, had been hoping to sign off from the sport by leading Jamaica to a fifth successive relay gold but they were already struggling in third when he collected the baton.



As he tried to gain ground, Bolt pulled up and fell to the floor with what looked like a hamstring injury.

A brilliantly executed race by Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake gave Britain gold in 37.47 seconds, the best time in the world this year, pushing the United States, with individual gold and silver medallists Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman running the second and fourth legs, into silver in 37.52 with Japan third in 38.04.

Individual champion Tori Bowie anchored the United States to victory in the women’s 4×100 metres relay.

The Americans, Olympic gold medallists in Rio last year, were led off by Aaliyah Brown who flew out of the blocks to start the run that brought them the world title they last won in 2011.

Allyson Felix ran the second leg before passing on to Morolake Akinosun who handed the baton to Bowie, the 100m world champion.

The 26-year-old was shadowed down the final straight by Briton Daryll Neita who led her team to silver ahead of 2015 champions Jamaica.

Frenchman Kevin Mayer led throughout the day to win the world decathlon title and fill the void left by Ashton Eaton’s retirement.

Mayer won the penultimate event with a javelin throw of 66.10 and finished the final 1500m race

German pair Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek took silver and bronze while twice former world champion Trey Hardee was one of more than a dozen of the original 35 starters who dropped out over the course of the notoriously tough contest.

Maria Lasitskene became the first Russian to win a gold medal at the World Championships in London after successfully defending her high jump title on Saturday, and said that she still hopes to break the long-standing world record this season.

The 24-year-old, competing as an authorised neutral athlete, stretched her unbeaten streak to 25 competitions by clearing 2.03 metres to triumph in the London Stadium.

Yuliia Levchenko of Ukraine won her first major global medal by taking silver on Saturday after clearing a personal best height of 2.01m, while Kamila Licwinko of Poland, who jumped 1.99m, won bronze to pick up her maiden major outdoor medal.

Germany’s Johannes Vetter won the javelin at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday as his great rival and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler missed out on the podium.

Vetter’s opening throw of 89.89 metres was enough to win the gold and the 24-year-old was overcome with emotion after clinching the title, mopping his tears on a German flag.

Czech Republic pair Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych threw personal bests of 89.73 and 88.32 respectively to take silver and bronze.

Rohler, who like Vetter has thrown over 90 metres this season, was beaten into fourth with 88.26.

Individual champion Tori Bowie anchored the United States to victory in the women’s 4×100 metres relay at the World Championships on Saturday.

The Americans, Olympic gold medallists in Rio last year, were led off by Aaliyah Brown who flew out of the blocks to start the run that brought them the world title they last won in 2011.

Allyson Felix ran the second leg before passing on to Morolake Akinosun who handed the baton to Bowie, the 100m world champion.

The 26-year-old was shadowed down the final straight by Briton Daryll Neita who led her team to silver ahead of 2015 champions Jamaica.

Results from the World Championships Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Saturday:

1. Britain C.Ujah/A.Gemili/D.Talbot/N.Mitchell-Blake 37.47
2. U.S. M.Rodgers/J.Gatlin/J.Bacon/C.Coleman 37.52
3. Japan S.Tada/S.Iizuka/Y.Kiryu/K.Fujimitsu 38.04
4. China Wu Z Q/Xie Z Y/Su B T/Zhang P M 38.34
5. France S.Dutamby/J.Vicaut/M.Zeze/C.Lemaitre 38.48
6. Canada G.Smellie/A.Brown/B.Rodney/M.Ajomale 38.59
7. Turkey Y.Hekimoglu/J.Harvey/E.Barnes
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