The man we once cheered was already gone.
The Jamaican great crumpled to the track with a left-leg injury as he was chasing a final gold medal for the Jamaican 4x100m relay team on Saturday at the world championships.
"Today, we witnessed the final act in the competitive athletic career of Usain Bolt".
The relay bronze is Japan's first medal at the ongoing worlds in London and follows the country's silver-medal finish at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August past year.
It was also Bolt's first-ever loss in an Olympic or world championship semifinal.
Speaking afterwards, he s said: "It's been fantastic".
"I've got to say it, I'm going to win my hundred dollars".
"It was all about qualifying, so we'll see how the final goes". Great Britain won the relay and China finished third. "He has a passion for the sport, the fans love him, it's something you just can't walk away from that easy", said Gatlin.
"Mo has proven himself over and over again", Bolt said.
That made his ending even sadder.
Mitchell-Blake, who ran the final leg, said: "I wasn't sure if I had won or not, I gave it my all but I could see Christian Coleman out of the corner of my eye". A hero of the sport to go down like that?
100m finalist Reece Prescod will be joined by CJ Ujah, Danny Talbot, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Zharnel Hughes and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. He would have wanted to cross the finish line. The gap did not close.
Did he realize he could not win?
He said: "It's cramp in his left hamstring but a lot of pain is from disappointment from losing the race".
Also, one other fantastic athlete lost here in London.
Bolt is 31, with a history of nagging back and hamstring injuries.
"It was 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run". His heart has never been questioned.
Allied with a charismatic personality, it has guaranteed Bolt recognition as one of the world's most successful sportsmen. The good life beckons. "We hope for the best for him".
Said Forte: "They kept us in the call room for an extremely long time in our running kits and it's not the warmest over here".
A distraught Bolt was consoled on the ground by his sprint team-mates and he limped out of the stadium, not the way he probably envisaged his send-off going.
"Usain Bolt treats you the same whether you are a dignitary or the poorest man in the world".