Just last week, Bolt finished third in his final appearance as an individual, but hoped to find redemption at the World Championships in London as a part of Jamaica's 4×100-meter race.
Bolt looked set to head into retirement with a record-equalling 15th IAAF World Championships medal but pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury and failed to finish the final leg of the race.
So the fastest man of all-time, surrounded by his three anxious team mates, Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake, rose gingerly to his feet and limped the last 30 metres to the line.
The British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake pipped the United States to victory in a new European record and world-leading 37.47 seconds, but only after Bolt had pulled up on his anchor leg and collapsed to the track. Gatlin's teammate Christian Coleman snatched silver, with Bolt taking bronze.
There was at least one veteran who did produce Saturday as Sally Pearson got another gold medal at the Olympic Stadium in London after missing much of the past two seasons because of injury.
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The sixth seed claimed a 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 victory at the Aviva Centre in the Canadian city to record her first win over a world number one.
"I got boxed in early on - it doesn't normally happen but I got boxed in early and couldn't get out", he added. He won three consecutive Olympic 100 meter titles and 200 meter titles, according to Olympic.org.
Johannes Vetter of Germany won the javelin title with an opening throw of 89.89 meters.
"Two gold medals is unbelievable for me", Bowie said.
Britain's only other men's global sprint relay golds came in the 1912 and 2004 Olympics while their winning time that beat their 1999 best of 37.73 has only been bettered by Jamaica and the U.S.
Bolt is retiring in August following the London World Championships.
Justin Gatlin, the new world 100m champion who was a member of the United States 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.