August 18, 2013

Jamaica sweeps 6 sprint events with relay golds

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt dances as he celebrates winning gold in the men's 4x100-meter relay final at the world championships on Sunday.


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Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce reacts after winning the women's 4x100-meter relay final at the world championships on Sunday in Moscow.


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Gardner had to apply the brakes.

Anchor Octavious Freeman made up ground, but Fraser-Pryce was already way too far ahead.

"We had a little mishap, a little mistake," Gardner said. "You really can't have a mistake."

In the men's race, the Americans were in a position to possibly give Bolt something he hasn't had at these championships – a run for his title.

That's when Gatlin stumbled, stepping momentarily into Bolt's lane after the Jamaican surged ahead.

Gone was any chance of an electric finish.

"I was able to collect myself, but it wasn't enough," said Gatlin, who beat Bolt in the 100 in London two months ago.

As his team made their way around the track in a celebration lap, Gatlin half-expected a tap on the shoulder telling him the team was DQed. They weren't.

"I'm still happy the medal is still around our neck," Gatlin said.

Matthew Centrowitz had quite a performance in the 1,500, surging down the stretch to finish with a silver medal.

His father, Matt, never got a chance to earn a medal in this stadium due to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

"It's still weird coming into this country and this venue, knowing that he would've raced here, 30-some years ago," the son said. "Getting that silver medal was sweet enough."

Too bad his dad didn't get to see the finish. The power went out just as he watched the race at a sports bar back home in Washington, D.C., and had to scramble to find out the result.

"It's awesome. Just amazing," the elder Centrowitz said in a phone interview. "It's the highlight of his life. A silver medal in worlds? Just incredible."

In other finals Sunday:

Christina Obergfoell of Germany won her first major javelin title.

Teddy Tamgho of France captured the triple jump with American Will Claye claiming bronze.

Eunice Sum of Kenya took the women's 800 meters. Brenda Martinez of the United States was third.

But as at most major meets, the day belonged to Bolt. It was his stage and he relished every step of it, dancing his way around the track to the point where he almost fell over.

"I just went along with the music," Bolt said.

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt dances after winning his third gold medal, in the men's 4x100-meter relay, at the world championships Sunday at Moscow.



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