Usain Bolt captured a third gold medal and a third world record helping Jamaica claim men’s 4x100m relay gold. The quartet smashed the previous world mark of 37.40 seconds set by the United States at the 1992 Olympics by a huge margin to set a new world record of 37.10. Nesta Carter ran a strong first leg before passing the baton to Michael Frater, who handed on to Bolt before Asafa Powell brought it home.
Trinidad and Tobago came in second with Japan coming home for bronze. The race was quicker than the previous record, twice ran by a US team – first in 1992 in Barcelona and also in 1993 in the world championships in Stuttgart. Bolt has dominated the sprints in Beijing in his breakthrough season capturing the 100m and 200m titles in new world records.