The Jamaican sprinter and currently the fastest human in the world Usain St Leo Bolt, was beaten to the third [3rd]position by hot rivals American Justin Gatlin and his compatriot Christian Coleman in London on Saturday night in the World Championship 100 metres final.
Justin Gatlin endured successive boos from the crowd both in his heat and semi final race, because of his past doping offences, finished ahead of Bolt and Coleman, in a surprising end to the major highlight of the night. He returned a time of 9.92 seconds.
Bolt was left with only a bronze in his final individual 100m race as 21-year-old Christian Coleman made it a USA one-two.
The American 35-year-old Gatlin, twice banned for doping, came through almost unnoticed in lane seven in 9.92 seconds, with Coleman’s 9.94 holding off the greatest sprinter of all time.
The stadium took a little revenge of their own, chanting, “Usain Bolt! Usain Bolt!” as the result began to sink in.
But this was a deserved victory in its execution if not its formation, a last hurrah for a man that many in the sport wished no longer had the chance to compete.
Coleman, who had beaten Bolt in the semi-final race earlier in the day, re-enacted the feat, beating the Jamaican, who had dominated the race for nine years. He also returned a time of 9.94 ahead of Bolt’s 9.95 seconds.
Moreover, , both Coleman and Gatlin were making a fitting statement, that the Bolt era has ended.
But Bolt has one more point to prove in the 4×100 metres relay on Saturday, before he goes into retirement.
Usain Bolt’s qualification for the 100 metres final was shaky.
To qualify, he was given a double scare by Coleman, who beat him in their semi, and the stadium scoreboard, which initially left him off the results.
The Jamaican, seeing his fourth gold in the event before retiring next week after the sprint relay, had a better start than in the heats but it was made to look awful by the explosion of Coleman.
The American, fastest man in the world this year with 9.92 seconds, poured on the pressure and crossed first in 9.97. Bolt had to work hard to close the gap.
He eased up only over the last few strides and though it was only a semi-final he will not be happy to have been beaten across the line in a 100m race for the first time in four years.
Bolt clocked 9.98 – the second-fastest time of the night – but initially Andrew Fisher of Bahrain was shown as second with Bolt not in the first six.
Bolt had another poor start, with his reaction time of 0.183 seconds the slowest in the field and 0.05 down on Gatlin.
With Coleman out fastest, he was always chasing, yet while we have grown used to seeing him first close down the more explosive starters and then pull away from them, this time the old magic was not there when he called upon it.
Bolt, 30, had never previously lost a World Championships 100m final he had started, with the one blemish on his record being his false start in Daegu in 2011.
But with the tyro Coleman holding him off, Gatlin powered through in the last 15 metres, maintaining his form through the line as the great champion was for once left powerless.
Britain’s 21-year-old Reece Prescod was seventh in his first major final, but this will be a night remembered as much for the man who failed to win as the one who did.
Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson: “I thought Bolt would be challenged by Coleman not by Gatlin. Bolt was under pressure. He has never really had a great start. He wasn’t able to close the gap.
“He is grimacing and that is something we have not seen before. You will not find that look in all the archives of Usain Bolt.”