Danny Talbot and his team secured a first-ever gold for Great Britain in the 4x100m relay
Talbot, CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake produced the runs of their lives to win 4x100m relay gold at the World Championships.
And with Bolt limping off into the sunset, Talbot is confident now is the time for Britain’s young guns who triumphed in 37.47secs, the best time in the world this year.
Talbot, 26, said: “I’m the oldest in the squad so it’s not an old team and I really believe we can take this to another level.
“I don’t see why we can’t dominate in the relays now. We have got the European record, British record, world lead and I don’t think any of us are in our prime.
“We can just keep pushing forward and we’ve got others who are going to push us as well. There are potentially 10 guys who can make this team.
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I really believe we can take this to another level
“It starts with the relay but also individually we can start to push on now and win medals.”
The quartet would have won even if Bolt had finished with the Jamaican taking over in fourth place before pulling up in pain as Britain powered to victory ahead of the United States.
For Talbot and Gemili, in particular, the win finally banished the ghosts of London 2012 when they were part of a relay quartet left distraught after being disqualified in a home Games.
“I did keep the faith,” added Talbot, who missed out five years ago with Dwayne Chambers and Christian Malcolm, now the sprint relay coach. “I’m a massive believer that everything happens for a reason.
Danny Talbot and Adam Gemili helped Great Britain to a historical gold medal
“I would take all those bad times again to be world champions in our home country. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are never going to get a World Championships at home in our career again.
“We’ve all had our ups and downs so we are so proud and happy of our accomplishment.”
Gemili, upset at missing out on an individual spot in the 200m, admits it was tough after London 2012 when, then 18 and the youngest of the quartet, he went off too early.
“Myself and Danny were both very new to the team, very young,” said Gemili. “It was brutal. Honestly it was a horrible time we went through. But it really made us tough and strong within ourselves and a bit resilient to that.
“Five years later, to do it on the same track, in front of a home crowd, for myself and Danny and Christian, who is the relay coach now and was in that team with us, it felt so amazing that we could do it.
“I wish I could shake the hand of everyone in the 60,000 crowd and thank them coming because it was amazing. It’s been a hell of a journey.”
Britain’s women are also targeting global gold next time having upgraded their Rio bronze to silver at the worlds on another sensational Saturday night.
The quartet of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita clocked 42.12, only missing out to the Americans who won in 41.82secs.
“I don’t think it’s about passing the US, it’s just about aiming higher,” said Neita. “We are showing momentum and confidence and we are coming for that gold. It is going to be really exciting building towards 2020.
“Relay is about speed and also about baton skills, but the fact that we were able to get silver and be so close to the Americans shows we have a lot of individual speed.
“Myself and the other girls will be able to take away a great deal of confidence. We’ve shown we have that speed in our legs and we should apply that to our individual races.”