Usain Bolt increased his London 2012 haul to three gold medals, while helping his Jamaican teammates to a gold each in the men's 4x100m final on Saturday evening.

Not content with winning the 100m and 200m during the past week, Bolt, along with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan 'The Beast' Blake, set a new world record in the event, clocking 36.84 seconds.

The United States got the silver, finishing in 37.04 seconds.

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Bolt pulls the Mo-Bot at the finish line

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Bolt crosses the line to collect his third gold of London 2012

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Gold medal winners - Mo Farah and Usain Bolt

There was controversy at the end of the race when the Canadian team, who finished third, were disqualified.

On hearing the result, the Canadians, who had been celebrating on the track with national flags, broke down in disbelief.

The disqualification was due to one of the team members treading on a lane line during the race, allowing the Trinidad & Tobago team to move up to bronze position with a time of 38.12 seconds.

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The Canadian team floored by disqualification

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Bolt and team mates celebrate making history

It wasn't a straightforward victory for the Jamaicans, with the American team building a lead over the first two legs. However, Blake, one of the stars of the London Olympiad, put in a blistering 100m run to leave Bolt level with Ryan Bailey at the change over.

The pair may have started level, but they didn't stay that way for long with Bolt, quickly got into his now familiar style, powering ahead to secure gold in the fastest time ever recorded.

As Bolt crossed the line, he pulled out the Mo-bot, the now familiar victory pose of Britain’s Mo Farah, who 30 minutes earlier had delighted the crowd with victory in the 5,000m.

It was a fitting end to the athletics programme at the stadium, with Bolt, undoubtedly the star attraction at the Games, stood atop the podium celebrating another win. As always, the Jamaican showman lapped up the applause from an 80-strong crowd all too aware that they had witnessed an athlete and a competitor unique in the history of track and field.

After the medals had been awarded, Bolt spoke warmly of the Olympic crowd - of the many Brits but also thousands of sports fans who had travelled to the capital to witness the fastest man on the planet.

He even posed with Farah, exchanging compliments and delighting the distance runner's victory.

“I love you guys,” said Bolt, pointing towards the stands before pulling his signature pose one last time in the stadium. With that he was off down the tunnel and into the London night. Britain will rarely see his like again…

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  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after his team wins the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after his team wins the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's (left-right) Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater celebrate after setting a new World Record in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's (left-right) Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater celebrate after setting a new World Record in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the line to win the Men's 4x100m Relay on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after his team wins the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) and team-mate Yohan Blake celebrate after their team wins the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) and Yohan Blake celebrate winning the Men's 4x100m Relay on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) and team-mate Yohan Blake celebrate after their team wins the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line as his team win the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line as his team win the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line as his team win the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the Men's 4x100m Relay on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses next to a clock showing the new world record after he ran the the final leg to win the Men's 4x100 Metre Relay at the Olympic Stadium, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt (2nd left) with his Men's 4x100 Metre Relay gold medal at the Olympic Stadium, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt (right) and Jamaica's Yohan Blake celebrate a new world record as they win the Men's 4x100 Metre Relay at the Olympic Stadium, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt with his Men's 4x100 Metre Relay gold medal at the Olympic Stadium, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's 4x100m relay team celebrate their gold medal in the Olympic Stadium, London, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Great Britain Mo Farah (left) celebrates his victory in the Men's 5000 metres with Jamaica's Usain Bolt, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 4x100m Relay on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 4x100m Relay on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's (left-right) Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater celebrate after setting a new World Record in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Usain Bolt celebrates after victory in the mens 4x100m relay day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses next to a clock showing the new world record after he ran the the final leg to win the Men's 4x100 Metre Relay at the Olympic Stadium, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Great Britain Mo Farah with Usain Bolt after victory in the Men's 5000m final on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Great Britain Mo Farah with Usain's and his daughter Rihanna with a gold medal after victory in the Men's 5000m final on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Great Britain Mo Farah and his daughter Rihanna celebrates with Usain Bolton medal after victory in the Men's 5000m final on day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 15

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt carries his track shoes alongside team-mate Yohan Blake after his team wins the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake of Jamaica celebrate with the crowd afte winning gold and setting a new world record of 36.84 during the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates with the crowd afte winning gold and setting a new world record of 36.84 during the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalists Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalists Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalists Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater of Jamaica (C), silver medalists Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey of United States (L) and bronze medalists Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Mohamed Farah of Great Britain (L) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica pose on the podium on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Mohamed Farah of Great Britain (L) speaks to Usain Bolt of Jamaica as he stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 5000m Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Mohamed Farah of Great Britain (L) speaks to Usain Bolt of Jamaica as he stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 5000m Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)