Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt helps the Jamaica Gold team set speed and crowd records at the Penn Relays. The three-time Olympic gold medalist lived up to his fitting last name Saturday in Philadelphia, "with a lightning fast final leg" of the men's 4 x 400m relay to win gold.
'Bolt [took] the baton in a near dead heat, then overtaking USA Blue's Ivory Williams to win. A quartet of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt finished in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold, setting a competition record. Bolt took a perfect handoff from Anderson and blazed for the final 100 meters to a raucous ovation. Bolt's dash lasted an unofficial, but exhilarating 8.79 seconds."
Shawn Crawford and Team USA—who swept the 2009 Relays—finished second place with "less-than-perfect baton exchanges", its frustrating norm since Beijing. Noticeably absent: LaShawn Merritt, the 400-meter Olympic gold medal winner in Beijing. Merritt faces a 2-year competition ban after testing positive for DHEA. Merritt admits to taking "sexual enhancement supplement" ExtenZe which contains the substance.
Thousands of Jamaicans traveled to Philadelphia for Bolt's first appearance in the Relays. Saturday's attendance of 54,310 was the highest in the event's 116-year history. The three-day total of 117,346 also was a record. More images and watch video clips of Bolt's win AFTER THE JUMP ...