Usain Bolt: Five times sport failed to follow the script

There are moments in sport that are so perfect it is as if they have been scripted.

South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, Great Britain’s ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Olympic Games, or Australia’s Ashes whitewash as they said farewell to a string of greats in 2007 – there is no shortage of occasions that could have been written for the silver screen.

That was not true of Usain Bolt’s farewell at London Stadium on Saturday, however.

With the world willing him to claim one last gold medal in his final appearance in individual competition, the Jamaican sprint king could only manage bronze as American duo Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman beat him to the line.

The disappointment – emphasised by the unpopularity of Gatlin as winner of the 100 metres final at the IAAF World Championships – was palpable, as boos gave way for chants of “Usain Bolt, Usain Bolt…”.

Unpredictably is, of course, part of what makes sport so great, but it hasn’t half robbed us of some potentially iconic moments over the years… 



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