Bolt Eclipse Gatlin, Retains World 100m Title


Beijing: Usain Bolt beat his controversial rival Justin Gatlin by just one-hundredth of a second on Sunday as he retained his world 100m title in a race billed as a battle between clean sports and doping. Bolt, also the double Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, ran his season’s best of 9.79 seconds in a thrilling race against Gatlin, who has served two doping bans.

Gatlin overstretched and faltered through the closing stages, taking silver with 9.80sec — slower than his semi-final time of 9.77 set earlier at the Bird’s Nest stadium. Gatlin’s fellow American Trayvon Bromell and Canadian Andre de Grassse shared the bronze medal position after both timing 9.92sec.

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“That still was not the best. I still stumbled,” Jamaica’s Bolt said in reference to clumsy footwork close to the blocks, after a similar error nearly derailed him in the semi-final. “I came out here relaxed, no stress and brought it home. “My aim is to be the number one until I retire and therefore I am pushing myself and pushing myself. “It’s all about running the race and getting it done. You can call that race rusty, I could have run faster.”

Tempered applause rang hollow round a packed Bird’s Nest stadium when Gatlin, in a red one-piece suit, was introduced to the crowd.