Usain Bolt bested an elite group of all time leading gold medalist by anchoring the Jamaican 400X100 meter relay team to win the gold medal at the World Athletics 2013 in Moscow today.
The Jamaican relay team which included Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey Cole and Nickel Ashmeade won the gold in 37.36.
The United States team won the silver medal, and Canada won the bronze, because the British team which came in third defaulted due to a faulty baton exchange.
With his eight gold medal win Bolt bested an elite group of athletes who have won eight gold medals each: Allyson Felix, Carl Lewis, and Michael Johnson. Bolt tops the group however because he has won a total of ten medals, including two silver medals which tops the take of Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis who won a total of ten medals, including silver and bronze medals. This makes Bolt the most successful athlete in the 30 year history of the World Championships.
Commenting on Bolt's performance, Justin Gatlin, anchor for the U.S. 400X100 relay team which took the silver medal said:
It's not just about the talent, it's about rising to the occasion. He understands what that means... That takes you up another level. To be able to rise to the occasion when an entire stadium full of people are either rooting for you or want to see you fail and you're able to hold it together, that takes talent.
Bolt's performance once again overshadowed that of countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who also won three gold medals in sprinting events. Running as anchor, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce broke away from the field to easily win the 4x100M.
Bolt who had earlier won the 100M easily won the 200M yesterday with the slowest of his gold-medal wins for the distance, and did not need to go all out to win with Tyson Gay absent because of suspension and countryman Yohan Blake absent due to injury.
Usain Bolt's 100 meter win
Usain Bolt's 200 meter win
The Jamaican 400X100M relay team gold medal run