Usain Bolt pips Gatlin to win 100m gold

BEIJING – Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres world title and reassert his status as the number one sprinter on the planet at a rocking Bird’s Nest Stadium on Sunday night.
LIGHTENING BOLT: Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt celebrates in the Bird's Nest Arena having won the 100m final at the World Championships on Sunday.,
LIGHTENING BOLT: Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt celebrates in the Bird's Nest Arena having won the 100m final at the World Championships on Sunday.,

BEIJING – Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres world title and reassert his status as the number one sprinter on the planet at a rocking Bird’s Nest Stadium on Sunday night.

The Jamaican had struggled for form and fitness all season, stumbled his way through the semi-finals and got nowhere close to the times that his rival Justin Gatlin had been posting.

Back at the arena where he first exploded onto the world stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, however, Bolt surged past the in-form American over the last 30 metres and crossed the line in 9.79 seconds, his fastest run of the year.

“I came out here, relaxed, no stress and brought it home. My aim is to be number one until I retire and, therefore, I am pushing myself and pushing myself,” said the 29-year-old after striking his trademark “Lighting Bolt” pose.

“It is all about running the race and getting it done. You can call that race rusty. I could have run faster. This title means a lot to me. It has been a long season with me coming back from injury.”

Gatlin finished second in 9.80 to take silver as he did at the world championships in Moscow two years ago, while young guns Andre de Grasse of Canada and American Trayvon Bromell finished together in third place in a time of 9.92. They will both be awarded bronze medals after running identical times down to a 1000th of a second.

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Bolt (centre) manages to duck and cross the line ahead of Justin Gatlin (bottom). (Net photos)

American Mike Rodgers was fifth in 9.94 while Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Jimmy Vicaut were sixth, seventh and eighth in 10 seconds dead.

The victory for Bolt will be an undoubted boost for a sport which has spent three weeks locked in a public relations crisis over allegations of widespread doping among athletes.

With Gatlin, who has twice served bans for the use of banned substances, being one of four convicted dopers in the final, a victory for Bolt proved to be more significant than who was the best sprinter.

Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, has now not been beaten in the 100m or 200m in six major global championships going back to 2007.

Bolt will go for successive world championship sprint sweeps in Beijing with the 200 metres final scheduled for Thursday.

Agencies

 

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