Furious Yohan Blake hit out at organisers after Usain Bolt’s dramatic final race at the World Championships.
Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt sensationally pulled up injured with 50 metres to go of the 4×100 metres relay and fell to the track with Great Britain taking gold just ahead of the USA and Japan.
The race started 10 minutes later than scheduled with two medal ceremonies for the 5,000m – with Sir Mo Farah getting his silver medal – and the high jump taking place before.
Bolt’s sudden injury ended his career in sorry style after he planned to retire from the track following the championships, having already won bronze in the 100m last weekend.
And Blake, who won Olympic 4x100m relay gold with Bolt and Jamaica in 2012 and 2016, believes the lengthy build-up caused Bolt’s injury in London on Saturday night.
“I think they were holding us too long in the call room. The walk was too long. Usain was really cold. In fact Usain said to me, ‘Yohan, I think this is crazy’,” said the 100m world champion from 2011.
“It was 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run. We keep warming up and waiting, then warming up and waiting. I think it got the better of us.
“We were over warm. And to see a true legend, a true champion go out there and struggling like that…
“The race was 10 minutes late, we were kept 40 minutes and it was a 300 metre walk. It was crazy.”
Team-mate Omar McLeod echoed Blake and criticised the organisation with his heart going out to Bolt.
He said: “It’s heart-wrenching. I gave it my all and I really wanted Usain to leave golden, or even if it was just a medal, it was really heart-wrenching.
“I couldn’t believe it, I’m in shock, utter disbelief.
“It was ridiculous, man. We were there around 45 minutes waiting outside, I think they had three medal ceremonies before we went out so we were really trying our hardest to stay warm and keep upbeat.
“But it was ridiculous. We waited a really long time. I drank like two bottles of water.”
Team-mate Julian Forte, running in his first World Championships, added: “I really wanted to be a part of the team that sends Usain off in style. Unfortunately it’s one of those things, it’s part of sport.
“They kept us in the call room for an extremely long time in our running kits, and it’s not the warmest over here and they had us around there for quite a while, so I think they really need to look into that and do something about it.
“We were excited, we were ready, we had been doing some hand offs and everybody was feeling good, but they kept us hanging around for a long time, you know. So it’s just really crazy.”