Justin Gatlin Defeats Usain Bolt In IAAF World Championships

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  (L-R) Reece Prescod of Great Britain, Justin Gatlin of the United States, (Winner) Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Akani Simbine of South Africa, Christian Coleman of the United States and Usain Bolt of Jamaica compete in the men's 100m final during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Justin Gatlin Defeats Usain Bolt In IAAF World Championships

The race was Bolt's last before retirement.

Published August 6, 2017

Usain Bolt’s career has been an amazing one.

The Jamaican sprinter is retiring after his recently posted third place finish to Justin Gatlin in the 100m at the IAAF World Championship final in London on Saturday (August 5).

American Christian Coleman took home the silver after finishing the race in 9.94 seconds, right behind Gatlin’s 9.92 posting. Bolt is still the reigning 100m and 200m world record holder. The eight-time Olympic champion posted a 9.95 second run on Saturday.

Despite boos from the crowd over Gatlin’s appearance at the competition and victory, the American got on his knees and praised his Jamaican counterpart after the race was over.

Fans had been hoping that Bolt would return for another Olympic go-around, however he had only posted a sub-10 second finish in the 100m this season prior to the festivities in London.

Usain Bolt is expected to compete in the 4x100m relay on August 12 and he and his teammates are expected to retain their title. If that’s so, his tally of World Championships golds will rise to 12.

Watch Bolt and Gatlin’s face off at the 2017 IAAF World Championship final below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


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