Usain Bolt has once again proved to be the ultimate prime time performer when he defeated Justin Gatlin to win the long awaited World Championships 100 metres event.
Bolt won in 9.79 to Gatlin’s 9.80. There was a tie for third place between the two highly heralded Bromell of the USA and DeGrasse of Canada. Jamaica’s other entry in the race, Asafa Powell, once again buckled under pressure and came 7th in 10 seconds flat.
Gatlin posted a quick 9.77 seconds in the semi-final, looking relaxed in the process. The final therefore proved to be a battle of nerves. The steel nerved Bolt posted his season’s best, while Gatlin ran 0.03 seconds slower than in his semi-final.
The match-up has been long awaited, with Gatlin posting the fastest times in the year, consistently over the last 2 seasons. He finally met an adversary to pressure him, and swayed under the pressure.
Usain Bolt has therefore cemented himself even further, as the greatest sprinter of all time. The next battle between the two will be in the 200 metres, a race Usain has hardly run this year, while Gatlin has been blasting, posting a lifetime best of 19.57. Usain has not even been close to that. Let the battle continue!