Usain Bolt “was really cold” before pulling up with injury in his last championship final, according to his Jamaican relay team-mates.
Bolt’s London finale ended in disappointment as he suffered a muscle cramp before the end of the 4x100m relay final, which was won by Great Britain.
Yohan Blake, who ran the third leg, said: “The race was 10 minutes late, we were kept 40 minutes. It was crazy.
“They were holding us too long.”
Bolt had hoped to bring an end to his career with another two gold medals in London but leaves with only a bronze from last weekend’s 100m.
And, seconds after taking the baton for Jamaica’s anchor leg, he pulled up and tumbled to the floor with Dr Kevin Jones, Jamaica’s team doctor, confirming Bolt had cramp in his left hamstring.
“It was 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run,” added 2011 world 100m champion Blake.
“We keep warming up and waiting, then warming up and waiting. I think it got the better of us.
“It hurts to see a true legend, a true champion go out there and struggle like that.”
Omar McLeod, the 110m hurdle champion who led out the Jamaican team, echoed the criticism of delays at the start of the final.