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Usain Bolt fails to finish final race after injury, Twitter says goodbye

Jamaica's Usain Bolt lies on the track after he injured himself during the 4x100 m relay final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt lies on the track after he injured himself during the 4x100 m relay final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. AP

Usain Bolt’s final two races are two that he will probably want to forget.

On Aug. 5, 35-year-old American sprinter Justin Gatlin upset Bolt in the 100 meters at the world championships, which is Bolt’s signature event. On Saturday night, Bolt injured himself during his anchor leg of the 4x100 meter relay final. He was unable to finish the race.

Bolt eventually crossed the finish line with the rest of his teammates behind him after the race was over, according to NBC Sports.

Bolt is widely recognized as the greatest sprinter of all time. In an eight-year period from 2008 to 2016, Bolt won 20 Olympic and world championship gold medals in the 21 events he entered. He won three consecutive Olympic 100 meter titles and 200 meter titles, according to Olympic.org.

After winning the 4x100m title in Brazil, Bolt confirmed that the 2017 world championships would be his final event.

“ I’m going to miss this sport and I’m going to miss the Games because it’s the biggest event possible for any athlete,” Bolt told Olympic.org. “But I’ve proven that I’m the greatest in this sport and, for me, it’s mission accomplished.”

Even with the two disappointing finishes, people still took to Twitter to congratulate Bolt on his illustrious career:

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