The atmosphere in London's Olympic Stadium was unusual before the race, not in the past decade has there been doubt about Usain Bolt's ability to cross the finish line first, be it in an individual or team race.
Bolt, who had to settle for bronze in the individual 100 metres, had been hoping to sign off from the sport by leading Jamaica to a fifth successive world relay title but they were struggling in a distant third place when he collected the baton.
Justin Gatlin remains convinced Usain Bolt will return to athletics after injury dramatically ruined his farewell in the 4x100 metres relay final in London on Saturday.
Like Bolt, Farah would finish his career with an usual feeling of defeat - he had won this event in the past three world championships and two Olympic Games, together with three world titles and two Olympic gold medals in 10,000m.
Amid wild home celebrations, Bolt was attended to by medics, but refused a ride in a wheelchair off the track, instead finally getting up and limping alongside his teammates through to the finish line and then off into the bowels of the stadium for treatment.
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At the same time, Allyson Felix, running the second leg on the winning team, earned a record 15th medal at the world championships in a career going back to 2005. Hopefully, he'll be remembered for the successes in his career, rather than the disappointing end of it.
"Two gold medals is incredible for me", Bowie said. "This is just so incredible to be a world champion again". Rico Freimuth took silver with 8,564 points, while German teammate Kai Kazmirek was third with 8,488. The German beat Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic by 16 centimeters.
The victory made it a night of double relay delight for the hosts as the women's team of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita won silver in 42.12s.
The women came second in their heat with a season's best time of 3:24.74, behind the United States.
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.