For the first time in almost a decade, the world's fastest man isn't named Usain Bolt.
His coach wants Lakshmanan to target Bahadur Prasad's 25-year-old national record timing of 13 min 29.70 seconds in Gold Coast. Bolt graciously settled for a bronze.
Defending champion Ashton Eaton retired this year after winning the last two Olympic and world titles.
Bolt told the BBC post-race that, "I enjoy relays more than anything".
Bolt, who suffered his first 100m defeat in nine years on August 5, apparently had a pulled leg only 30 meters into the race.
The 100m race had been Bolt's turf as he has not lost a race in it aside from a false start in 2011. If everything goes according to plan and no batons are dropped, it will also mark the final duel between Bolt and American rival Justin Gatlin, who beat the Jamaican in the 100 final last weekend.
So just what did the world make of it?
Meanwhile, as the curtain draws on Bolt's eventful and successful sporting career, it is essential to join millions of fans across the world in wishing him the very best in his future endeavours. However, and since then all but two of the athletes in that race later tested positive for illegal substances.
But for the grand entrance of Bolt into the scene, athletics was nearly being ruined by the several doping scandals that had marred the image of the sport.
As Britain went on to win gold, Bolt was tended to with his head in hands.
There was a build up before Gatlin and Bolt had a showdown at the Championship.
Jamaica, and Bolt, have won the last four world titles and a fifth victory would break the record for the most consecutive relay wins.
Briton Farah, 34, will retire from the track this month to concentrate on marathons, while Jamaican legend Bolt's last event will be the 4x100m relay. L'affaires Marion Jones and Justin Gatlin - to name just two - had dragged the sport into the pits. "For all the young kids out there, you should believe that you can do it as well". His latest ranking puts him ahead of any baseball player, and just behind golfer Jordan Spieth and basketball player Derrick Rose.
The King is fallen, but this regicide did not alter the eternal smile of the one who will remain, what it is, the greatest sprinter of all time.
Most would never consider crossing the line, but history also tells us that many have.
But there was no margin for grandstanding in this final.
Usain Bolt's finish line photos were nearly always the same. "And as he started to decelerate, his face was full of concern as he looked at the scoreboard for the results".
Despite winning the heat, Gatlin took a knee to show his respect for Bolt. The bronze medal was Bolt's first non-gold medal in the 100m.
Through most of the race, it looked as if Bolt would be trying to reel in Coleman, the NCAA champion, who was in Lane 5, and got out faster than anyone in the field.
An Atlanta native, Coleman is a 5-foot-9, 21-year-old who competed for the University of Tennessee this past spring. "Is he still benefitting now?"
Admirations also come from Bolt's peers.