But hopes were high for Bolt’s final competitive race, with Jamaica also boasting McLeod, Forte and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake in their line-up.
Usain Bolt is unable to finish his final race as he goes down with an injury.
The Jamaican champion eventually waved the medics – and the wheelchair – away and with the other three Jamaican team members now around him he walked to the line. Last week when the sprinter ran his last individual race, he didn’t have a happy ending and was edged by Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman of the United States of America despite Bolt running his season best of 9.96 seconds.
But Mitchell-Blake refused to buckle in the final stages, holding his form to hit the line as the home crowd went wild with celebration.
The winning time, a combination of Ujah’s ideal reactions, flawless changeovers and a superbly-timed dip from Mitchell-Blake to cross the line ahead of 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman, erased the 18-year-old European record of 37.73 – also held by Britain.
Five years ago Talbot and the 18-year-old Gemili messed up a changeover as Britain were disqualified in the semi-finals of their own Olympics on the same London track so it was a particularly sweet moment for the two.
Henry added: “We have a unique bond, in terms of confidence we’ve got it so its all about the speed”. “This is just so incredible to be a world champion again”.
Thanks much in part to Gatlin, the United States clocked in at 37.70 seconds during the first race.
But instead he was laid flat out in agony as Mitchell-Blake held off the challenge of American sprint star Christian Coleman to take a brilliant gold.
Jamaica had only qualified in 37.95 seconds, slower than Great Britain and the US from the first heat – but had been expected to challenge for the podium in Saturday evening’s final – Bolt’s last race of his career. They beat Jamaican by 0.07s.
“We were in the stadium for a while, you guys know how chilly it is down here”, he said.
Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed and stumbled as he came down with his golden farewell shattered by the first injury he has experienced at a major competition.