LONDON Ė Jamaican sprinter Usain Boltís legendary career ended in unfortunate fashion on Saturday, when he pulled up injured after receiving the baton in the final stretch of the 4x100-meter relay final at the World Athletics Championships in London.
Great Britain came out on top in the race with a time of 37.47 at the Olympic Stadium, beating out the favored United States (37.52) and Japan (38.04)
Bolt, his teamís anchor, had only taken a few strides when he appeared to suffer a left-leg injury and fell to the track in pain. He stayed down for a couple of minutes before standing up and walking to the finish line.
His injury overshadowed the upset victory by Great Britain, whose team of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake broke a European record that had stood since 1999.
Bolt, who had announced prior to the World Athletics Championships that it would be his last major competition, is one of the all-time legends of track and field.
He first burst on the scene with his performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he set new world records in winning both the 100-meter and 200-meter finals.
Bolt then lost virtually no race of consequence for nine years, the lone exception coming when he was disqualified for a false start at the 100-meter final at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
But Father Time finally caught up with the 30-year-old Jamaican at his final event, in which he finished third in the 100 meters last Saturday and then was unable to finish his final race.