By Gary Smith
CORRECTION TO BOLT’S TIME WHICH WAS 8.79SECS AND 8.71SECS AS WAS PREVIOUS REPORTED
Usain Bolt’s Jamaican Gold 4x100m relay team was on fire at the at the Franklin Field Stadium on Saturday, but he too left his own individual mark on the track.
The triple world record holder in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m – produced a scorching 8.79seconds on his anchor leg for the track club after collecting the baton behind his competitors.
Bolt’s run was just .09seconds under the blistering 8.70 seconds Asafa Powell ran on the anchor leg of the victorious Jamaican Olympic 4×100-metre relay team in Beijing that ran 37.10 seconds to break the USA’s long standing previous mark of 37.40 seconds.
Statisticians – two years ago predict Bolt can go as fast 8.60 seconds should he run the anchor one day, since the anchor leg run is invariably the fastest split in a sprint relay.
The team of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt clocked 37.90secs to set a new Penn Relays time for the event – improving the previous mark of 37.92 set by the Americans in 2009.
1 Jamaica Gold 37.90 Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Usain Bolt JAM-G
2 USA Blue 38.33 Walter Dix, Mike Rodgers, Shawn Crawford, Ivory Williams USA-B
3 USA Red 38.50 Ryan Bailey, Travis Padgett, Doc Patton, Rae Edwards USA-R
4 Jamaica Black 38.72 Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Xavier Brown, Dwight Thomas JAM-B
5 Trinidad & Tobago 38.91 Keston Bledman, Aaron Armstrong, Emmanuel Callander, Richard Thompson TRI
6 Canada Black 39.98 Hank Palmer, Richard Adu-Bobie, Segun Makinde, Tyrone Halstead CAN-B
7 Germany 40.10 Robert Hering, Marius Broening, Alexander Kosenkow, Martin Keller GER