19 Aug 2013

Bolt becomes most successful world champs athlete

6:07 am on 19 August 2013

Usain Bolt, has became the most successful athlete in world championship history after anchoring his Jamaican team to victory in the 4x100 metres relay on the final day in Moscow.

It was Bolt's third gold medal of the championship, taking his all time tally to eight, matching the American trio Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix, but the Jamaican moved ahead by virtue of his two silvers from 2007.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also completed a golden hat-trick as Jamaica won the women's 4x100 relay.

Among other highlights from the final day, Kenyans celebrated a middle distance double with Asbel Kiprop taking the mens 1500 metres, and Eunice Sum was a surprise winner of the womens 800 metres.

The host nation Russia topped the medal table with seven golds, though the Americans will promote themselves top under their counting system after finishing with six golds, and 13 silvers in a total of 25 medals.

Jamaica also had six golds.

Beijing hosts the next world championship in 2015.