After winning two more world golds in the blue riband event, Bolt raced through to an unprecedented treble of three consecutive Olympic 100m golds, an astonishing achievement in an event where injury often puts pay to a long string of victories.
The 100 and 200m world record holder, who also anchored the Jamaican squad to a world record in the relay of 36.84sec at the 2012 London Olympics, will be back at the track for the final at 8:50pm.
Justin Gatlin felt his age after the United States were pipped to gold in the IAAF World Championships 4x100 metres relay final by Great Britain. However, he will have a chance to end his career on a high on Saturday night as the Jamaican relay team will take the track. "It's hard to be sad because of the energy I'm getting from the crowd", said the Jamaican, who suffered a rare defeat in the 100 meters when he took bronze.
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.
Bolt brings down the curtain on a career that has yielded 19 global golds and retires as the fastest man in history with his 100m record of 9.58 seconds - set in Berlin in 2009 - remaining in tact. Hopefully, he'll be remembered for the successes in his career, rather than the disappointing end of it.
They won in 37.47 seconds, with the U.S. taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan with a surprise bronze.
But Talbot, the oldest in a young team at 26, said: "I would take all those bad times again for this one night, becoming world champions in our home country".
Thanks much in part to Gatlin, the United States clocked in at 37.70 seconds during the first race. And Kevin Mayer is the new "world's greatest athlete". Another German, Kai Kazmirek, is in bronze-medal position with 7,796 points. The German beat Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic by 16 centimeters.
Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson could well add a second world title to her trophy cabinet and banish memories of two years of injury hell.
In an eight-year period from 2008 to 2016, Bolt won 20 Olympic and world championship gold medals in the 21 events he entered.