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Bolt leads Jamaica to 4x100m relay gold with new world record

2008-08-22 14:16:51 GMT2008-08-22 22:16:51 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Usain Bolt (C) of Jamaica competes during 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 Photo)

Asafa Powell of Jamaica crosses the finish line to win the men's 4 x 100m relay final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center right, changes to teammate Asafa Powell, center left, as they win gold in the final of the men's 4x100-meter relay during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, and Asafa Powell celebrate winning the gold in the during men's 4x100-meter relay the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.

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)

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Two sprint gold medals winner Usain Bolt led Jamaica to the men's 4x100 meters win with a new world record at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Friday.

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.

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. BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Jamaica's quartet who have dominated the sprinting track won the gold medal in men's 4X100m relay on Friday at the Beijing Olympic Games.

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.

A combination from China, led by the promising sprinter Hu Kai which entered the final for the first time at Olympics, finished the last in the eight-team relay final.

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