IAAF World Championships 2013: Usain Bolt Headlines Historic Day 9

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 18:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 4x100 metres final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 18, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The IAAF World Championships 2013 came to a close, and Usain Bolt headlined the historic final day.

Day 9 turned out to be historic for Jamaica as a pair of runners led their relay teams to victories.

Bolt captured headlines throughout the event, but he wasn't the only one to make history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce joined Bolt as the stars of the World Championships.

Let's take a look at what made their performances on Day 9 so historic.


Usain Bolt

The 26-year-old became the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships.

He won the 100-200-relay triple to win all of the sprint events. By earning three gold medals in Moscow this year, he upped his career total to 10 medals, with eight golds and two silvers.

Carl Lewis was the only man to ever win 10 medals, but he had eight golds, one silver and one bronze.

Bolt added to his legacy. He is the fastest man on the planet and made his mark. With one final relay race, the sprinter needed his teammates to come through for him.

Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade all had to perform at a high level in order for history to be made. Bolt anchored the Jamaican team (37.36 seconds) to a close victory over the United States (37.66 seconds).

The star proved that he is still at the top of the game by sweeping the competition. His three gold medals made him one of the most decorated athletes ever.


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 

Lost in all of Bolt's accomplishments was a fellow Jamaican. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also swept the three sprint events on her way to making history.

Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert and Fraser-Pryce qualified slightly behind the United States. However, Jamaica was prepared when the finals came around. Jamaica posted a time of 41.29 seconds, which was more than enough to beat the United States' time of 42.75 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce got the baton with a comfortable lead and pushed through the finish line to make history. By winning the relay race, she became the first woman to ever sweep the three events.

The 26-year-old accomplished her feat right before Bolt raced, but she ended up getting overshadowed.  

Jamaica captured the headlines in the World Championships. Having two runners sweep the sprint events is an impressive feat. The gold medals are nice, but both runners earned themselves spots in the record book. 


*All results are courtesy of the official website of the IAAF World Championships