Athletics boss Sebastian Coe underlined the void that will be left when Usain Bolt runs his last race today at the World Championships in London and insisted that the IAAF's relationship with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) remains strong despite their recent differences around Russian athletics' return to the fold.
The Jamaican legend made it to the podium to claim his medal only this time, it was not gold nor silver but bronze. Despite his third place finish in this race, Bolt is without a doubt the greatest sprinter of all time. Ending the career in 100m with a bronze, Bolt confessed that though he is physically a 100% yet some niggles are bothering him.
The Olympic champions, featuring Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix, Morolake Akinosun and Ariana Washington, won the opening heat in a time of 41.84 seconds, challenged only by the British quartet who came second in 41.93. It was Gatlin's first 100-meter world championship title since 2005 and Bolt's first loss in a 100 final in more than four years, when he was defeated by Gatlin in June 2013 in a race in Rome, Italy.
Running in his penultimate race of his illustrious career, Bolt eased past the finishing line as he helped the defending champions Jamaica win the second heat in 37.95 seconds, their season's best, to enter the final round with third best time.
Even had he not been injured, Bolt would have been hard-pressed to catch Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who held off 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman of the US to claim a famous gold for the host nation.
Spectators again jeered once it was clear that the 2004 Olympic champion had won gold and ruined Bolt's farewell.
The 100 and 200m world record holder, who also anchored the Jamaican squad to a world record in the relay of 36.84sec at the 2012 London Olympics, will be back at the track for the final at 2050 GMT.
They also advanced to the final.
"I'm excited to just live normally and get up and know that I have no training for once and can do what I want". "I don't think it gets any worse than that", he said, referring to the problems in Russian Federation.
The women's 4x400m team of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielson, Perri Shakes-Drayton and Emily Diamond qualified in second from their heat.
Just behind were Brazil in 42.77, while a Trinidad and Tobago team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hacket and Khalifa St Fort might have expected to finish with a quicker time than 42.91 and a higher placing than fourth, although they still progressed.
Yohan Blake of Jamaica at the World Athletics Championship 2017 in London, August 12, 2017. We have been training that relay, there were some camps. His leg on Jamaica's 400-meter relay team will give fans a final look at what has been a glorious history.
I was 16 when Bolt first won a medal at the worlds in 2007.