As a wheelchair made its presence to help the charismatic showman, the Champion in Bolt forced him to make his way up and with the help of his teammates, walk away from the track.
Jamaican team doctor Kevin Jones later clarified Bolt suffered from a hamstring cramp, but the physical pain was overshadowed by the emotional anguish.
"From 2008, Usain Bolt has done fantastic things", said Gatlin. "We just wanted to make the U.S. proud", she said. "We will never get this feeling again". "In fact Usain said to me, "Yohan, I think this is crazy", he said.
Omar McLeod, who ran the first leg for the Jamaican team, also criticized the delay.
Justin Gatlin, the new world 100m champion who was a member of the USA silver medal winning team said the cool conditions and a decision to get athletes on the track early and have extended introductions might have affected Bolt's injury. We were hanging around inside the stadium for too long with our clothes off and i think that's where Usain Bolt's injury came from.
Bolt took the unusual step of racing the relay heats, something usually reserved for the more unheralded members of the squad. Bolt is turning 31-years-old in August and has repeatedly said that he is done after this and won't be going to any more world championships. At these championships, he had to settle for a bronze medal in the 100-meter race.
The fastest man of all times and the record holder at 100m and 200m won the championships in Berlin, Moscow, and Beijing and also won the Olympic gold medals in Beijing, London, and Rio. Bolt put on a good show before the final, too, joking with the mascot in the corridor leading to the track and playing to the crowd once he emerged from the tunnel.
Individual champion Tori Bowie anchored the United States to victory in the women's 4x100 metres relay at the World Championships on Saturday. There will undoubtedly be a void left in track racing now that Bolt will not be racing.
"Not the way that I wanted to end my championship", Bolt said on Snapchat while getting treatment, lying chest down on a table.
"It was cold. Usain said to me "I don't like this", because we keep on warming up, and sitting, and warming up". I would ask him to accept our gratitude for an wonderful career which raised our national profile; a career in which he proudly carried his Jamaicanness around the world; a career which contributed much to development of a sport industry in Jamaica; a career which rescued global athletics.