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'Lightning' Bolt Bags the 3rd Gold For Jamaica in 4 X 100m Relay in Beijing Olympic
Update: 8/23/2008 8:55:00 AM Source: Beijing Hotels


Beijing -The spectators at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing witnessed the unstoppable momentum of Jamaican male sprinters to the third gold and new record of this Olympics, with the exciting and dominant 4 X 100m relay victory yesterday evening.

But the favored and star-packed Jamaican women's team were at the opposite of the world. They let the champion slip away due to a surprising baton-dropping. Team Russia benefited and walked to the unprecedented top podium. Belgium bagged the silver and Nigeria took the bronze.

¡¡ãMaybe it was Russia's destiny to get the gold medal, you never know what God is meaning." Jamaican female runner Kerron Stewart said after the competition. Except for this loss, the Caribbean country made a dominant clean sweep of five sprint golds, three by men (all involving Usain Bolt) and two by women.

Jamaican Usain Bolt (R.) hands off the baton to his 4x100m teammate, anchor leg Asafa Powell, who blows away the previous world record swept the finishing line in the National Stadium during the Beijing Olympics August 22. (Xinhua)

The God means let your men get it.

In the men's 4x100m final, unbeatable Usain Bolt, winner of both 100m and 200m race, led the team to a third new world record of 37.10 seconds, completely eclipsed the once dominant Americans, who weren't even qualified to the final due to embarrassing baton fumbles.

Team Jamaica of men's 4x100m relay pose around the scoreboard displaying their new world record after the final in the National Stadium during the Beijing Olympics on August 22. (Reuters)

As the third leg, Bolt fixed the imperfect handoff with his phenomenal speed and curve-running skills, set up the marginal winning lead, and handed the baton to Asafa Powell. The anchoring veteran dashed to the finish at 37.10, breaking a 16-year-old mark of U.S..

Trinidad and Tobago pocketed the silver while Japan grabbed the bronze, their first medal in the Olympic relay. The host team was disqualified of final results in the historic debut.

Including 100m and 200m races, Usain Bolt harvested three gold medals and three world records, becoming dominance on the track.

Russia's gold, Japan's bronze and some other surprises shows that traditional powers confronts challenges from emerging Asian teams and even white people.

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