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Bolt: great to hang out as a team

Source: Xinhua | 08-23-2008 15:22

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- "Jamaican sprinters are taking over the world. We've always been the sprinters, but we're going to tell the world we're taking over forever, forever," said Usain Bolt of Jamaica on Friday.

Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Usain Bolt (L to R)of Jamaica pose for photos by the results board with their new world record after the men's 4x100m relay final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. The Jamaican team won the title with 37.10 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Liao Yujie)
Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Usain Bolt (L to R)
of Jamaica pose for photos by the results board with their new 
world record after the men's 4x100m relay final at the National 
Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic
 Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. The Jamaican team won the
 title with 37.10 seconds and set a new world record. 
(Xinhua/Liao Yujie)

The two Olympic sprint gold medals winner led Jamaica to the men's 4x100 meters win with a new world record at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Bolt, who broke both the 100m and 200m world records en route to the gold medals, ran the third leg and gave the Jamaicans a big lead before handing the baton to Asafa Powell, the former world 100m record holder.

Powell easily anchored the race in 37.10 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 37.40 set by the United States in the 1992 Olympic Games. All of the Jamaican quartet could run 100m within 10 seconds.

Trinidad and Tobago, led by 100m silver medalist Richard Thompson, took the silver in 38.06 seconds and Japan won the bronze in 38.15.

Jamaican, also including Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, had not been really challenged in the final since the most favorite teams of the United States, Britain and Nigeria had been either disqualified or failed to finish the qualifying round.

"It's a team effort. We're good friends so it's great to hang out as a team," said Bolt.

"It's something that I'm used to, you know? But, being with a team, it's different," former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell said when referring to breaking the relay record.