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 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 former 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.
Mo Farah’s lap of honour after his second place in the 5,000m finalseemed to delay the schedule, with Farah also receiving his medal before the relay final.
“It’s heart-wrenching,” he said. “I gave it my all and I really wanted Usain to leave golden, or even if it was just a medal.
“It was ridiculous, man. We waited a really long time. I drank two bottles of water.
“But Usain Bolt’s name will always live on.”
Justin Gatlin, the 100m champion, called Bolt “still the best in the world” after he won silver behind Great Britain, and also felt that the weather may have played a part in Bolt’s injury.
“I think it was the elements (that caused the injury),” he said. “I’m sorry he got this injury.
“This is farewell time, I am sentimental about it already now. In the warm-up area, we give ourselves respect and greeted each other. Usain Bolt is a great athlete.”