Usain Bolt Leads Jamaica to First-Place Finish at Penn Relays in Philadelphia


April 25, 2010

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt ran a lightning fast final leg of the 400-meter relay Saturday, taking the baton in a near dead heat, then overtaking USA Blue's Ivory Williams to win the event at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt finished in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold. Bolt's dash lasted an unofficial but exhilarating 8.79 seconds.

"I told the guys to make sure I didn't have to work, because I didn't want to do much," he said with a laugh.

Bolt holds the world record in the 100 and 200, and his appearance at the relays ? his first competition of 2010 ? was responsible for the highest single-day attendance (54,310) in the event's 116-year history. A total of 117,346 fans watched the three days, also a record.

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