Usain Bolt Splits Sizzling 8.79seconds In Penn Relays Record Race

By Gary Smith

Usain Bolt anchors the Jamaican Gold team to victory (Photo: TrackAlerts.com)
Usain Bolt anchors the Jamaican Gold team to victory (Photo: TrackAlerts.com)

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 which is coached by Glen Mills.

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

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8 thoughts on “Usain Bolt Splits Sizzling 8.79seconds In Penn Relays Record Race”

  1. No way Jamaica Black would’ve come fourth if Asafa had run, bad toe or not.

    Anybody have the splits on the women’s side cause I don’t understand how they got beaten with that US lineup. Anybody knows if it was because of SAF’s injured leg or bad changes or what? I don’t know if I can wait for 8pm to find out.

    As for Bolt, here is a man who brings it every single time. Go deh my yout’. Doc Patten said the one goal USA had was to beat Bolt. Not today my friend, not today.

  2. doc patten mad or what beat who? how? stacy im being objective it is making me wonder what wouldv happened last year if the us was running against us i think if veronica had run instead of facey we woulv beaten them felix looked awesome on her leg. and its true if asafa was runnin there is no way jamaica black coulv even come fourth probably second but not way a fourth

  3. my girl by the way did you finally get to see the race carmelita cheater fava man eeh that girl is soo suspect its not funny thats why she want to come run here because she knows she wont be subjected to any detailed testing

  4. by the way i forgot to add this im wondering that kerron did an awesome leg on the medly mayb she was exhausted as well mayb if they had used veronica and kept facey made kerron rest the outcome woulv also been different. hissing teeth you know what a one of them things deh but you know what, them better get it right next year you know

  5. my girl by the way did you finally get to see the race carmelita cheater fava man eeh that girl is soo suspect its not funny thats why she want to come run here because she knows she wont be subjected to any detailed testing

  6. my girl by the way did you finally get to see the race carmelita cheater fava man eeh that girl is soo suspect its not funny thats why she want to come run here because she knows she wont be subjected to any detailed testing

  7. Minnie, I think under normal circumstances, Kerron would have separated from everyone on that back stretch. The fact that she didn’t leaves me to believe her legs were probably tired from just running the medley. I think it was a little much to ask her to run a 200m and then run a 100m so soon after. SAF said she was wearing a brace on her leg recently. I’ve definitely seen her run faster than she did, so I also think that it might have been a factor.

    Given SAF’s better starting speed and Kerron’s better top end speed, I think it would have made more sense to put SAF on leg 2 and Kerron on anchor like they did in Berlin. Just my opinion.

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