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Sunday sports August 13, 2017 63 •Usain Bolt suffers an injury (left) during the final of the men’s 4x100m of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Right: The Jamaican receiving medical treatment. Photo: AFP Bolt’s final race ends in disaster G reat Britain claimed their first 4x100m relay gold at the World Championships as Usain Bolt pulled up injured in his final race. They held off the USA, who werefavourites, to win in a British record time of 37.47 seconds. Bolt, running the anchor leg for Jamaica, suffered his injury 50m from the finish line in London. In a shocking end to his brilliant career the greatest athlete in history suffered a leg injury half-way down the home straight in the final leg of the 4x100m relay. Bolt received the baton in third position and as he attempted to switch gears something went horribly wrong. The eight-time Olympic champion appeared to strain the calf of his left leg which threw him off balance. Momentum saw him do a forward roll but he didn’t last long on his feet before Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea 3-2 C hampions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge. It would be easy but misleading to lay the blame for the Blues’ defeat on the decision to show a red card to new club captain Gary Cahill for a lunging tackle on Steven Defour midway through the first half. But that would deprive Burnley their due for a disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display that saw them score three times, with Sam Vokes netting twice - a header and a volley - either side of a lashing angled drive from Stephen Ward. The Blues were better after the break and pulled a goal back when summer signing Alvaro Morata headed in shortly after coming off the bench. However, the Spaniard was also at fault for denying collapsing on the track. He lay there motionless for some time as medical officials rushed to his aid, bringing a wheelchair onto the track. Bolt shook them off and hobbled over the line, clapping to the crowd as he crossed finish line. It has been a disastrous farewell championships for the world’s fastest man who was surprisingly beaten in the 100m, his final individual race of his career, where he took bronze. With Jamaica, who had won the previous four world titles out of the picture, it was left to hometown heroes Great Britain to take gold ahead of the USA. The 30-year-old, who took 100m bronze in his final solo race, ends his career with 11 world and eight Olympic golds. Watford hold Liverpool in six-goal thriller •Action during the Chelsea versus Burnley match in London. Photo: AFP the home side a second goal, adding an unnecessary touch to Andreas Christiansen’s goal-bound shot from an offside position. Chelsea’s hopes looked to have gone when a late challenge from Cesc Fabregas on Jack Cork added a second yellow to his first, received for dissent, to leave the Blues with nine men. But David Luiz fired home from inside the box after being set up by a Morata header to set up a frantic final few minutes, during which Burnley struck the post through Robbie Brady before holding on to take the three points. Rooney strikes as Everton beat Stoke W ayne Rooney marked his top- flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the winner against Stoke with his 199th goal in the Premier League. The 31-year-old, who left the club for Manchester United in 2004, found space in the area to head a Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland before the break. It was the Toffees’ best move of the match – one Rooney was twice involved in before adding the finishing touch. Calvert-Lewin also went close for the home side as Stoke struggled to break Everton down on the opening day at Goodison Park. Xherdan Shaqiri’s long- range effort did force new Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into a fine save in stoppage-time, with the 23-year-old leaping across his line to tip wide. Rooney scored the first of his Premier League goals for Everton with a sublime strike against Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2002. His 199th in the English top flight 15 years later wasn’t quite as dramatic, but it will have meant just as much to the boyhood Blues fan. Sir Alex Ferguson moved to snap up the teenager after some flashes of genius in an Everton shirt and Rooney returned to Goodison Park as England and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer. Miguel Britos scrambled home a controversial injury- time equaliser as Watford held Liverpool to a 3-3 draw in a six- goal thriller at Vicarage Road. The Reds looked as though they had put all speculation and uncertainty over Philippe Coutinho’s future to one side to win their opening Premier League clash – only for Britos to head home from point-black range in the final moments to seal a 3-3 draw - that scoreline was on offer at 80/1 before kick-off! Stefano Okaka opened the scoring with just eight minutes gone, with Abdoulaye Doucoure re-establishing the Hornets lead shortly after Sadio Mane had equalised. Hegazi’s debut goal sinks Bournemouth Ahmed Hegazi described scoring on his Premier League debut as “a fantastic feeling” as he helped West Brom beat Bournemouth in a tepid encounter at The Hawthorns. Bournemouth had the majority of possession but failed to capitalise, and there was a sense of inevitability as a Baggies free-kick was safely nodded in by the Egyptian defender. 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