Moscow, Aug 12 (): World’s fastest man Usain Bolt won the World 100 metres crown by beating Justin Gatlin in a time of 9.77 seconds. He crossed the finish line ahead of American Justin Gatlin (9.85) and fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter (9.95).
Bolt has been far from his best this season, but his best on the night – the second fastest time of the year after Tyson Gay’s 9.75 in June – was good enough.
Two years ago, Bolt lost through a false start in South Korea. It had been far from a vintage season from Usain Bolt. The Jamaican had struggled to find his usual confidence for much of it. He also suffered a rare defeat in Rome to Justin Gatlin. Bolt admitted he too had found it “harder to get motivated”.
But when all mattered, on the biggest stage of the season, the biggest showman of sports has once again come to the front with a best of the season by 9.77sec in the 100 metres and the fastest legal time this year.
This title was a fourth individual world title for Usain Bolt and, astonishingly, his 12th major championship gold in all. More importantly, it made compensations for the last World Championships in Daegu, where he was disqualified for a false start.
As rain fell and thunder cheered around the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, a worried-looking Usain Bolt represented taking out an umbrella before the start. Unlike Daegu, Usain Bolt this time made no mistake and although trailing Gatlin, to his left, at halfway, he surged to the front at 60m.
Gatlin, former world and Olympic champion and twice banned for doping, stayed behind Bolt all the way to the line, followed by Carter and two more Jamaicans Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade.
Bolt has the world record of 9.58 set at the Berlin Worlds in 2009. Usain Bolt still says the message with each muscle-extending walk that he remains sprint king of the track at 27.