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Usain Bolt reigns supreme in 100m

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the line. Justin Gatlin (left) was placed second.

World record holder, Usain Bolt, began his 100m title defence at the IAAF The undisputed king of world sprinting, Usain St Leo Bolt, once again saved his best performance for when it mattered most to retain his IAAF World Championships men’s 100m crown.

The world record holder triumphed in a season best 9.79 seconds with America’s Justin Gatlin not too far behind in a time of 9.80.

The victory marked Bolt’s ninth World Championships gold medal, as he consolidated his status as the world’s greatest ever athlete.

Gatlin came into the final having dominated over the last two seasons and on the back of impressive outings in the heat and semi-finals, but for the second consecutive world championships, he had to settle for silver.

There was a tie for the  bronze between  Canada’s Andre De Grasse and America’s Trayvon Bromell with 9.92.

Jamaica’s other representative in the event, Asafa Powell, finished down the track in seventh with a time of 10.00 seconds.