- Gatlin won the gold with a time of 9.92 sec
- Bolt won the bronze
- This was Bolt’s final solo race
The world watched in anticipation as Usain Bolt took the track for one last time to race his last solo race in the World Championship in London. Starting fourth in the finals, Bolt was looking to win another gold and add to his previous 3 gold World Championship medals in front of a stadium out in full force to watch their hero triumph for one last time. Unfortunately, it was not to be so, as Justin Gatlin ran one of the races of his life to come out on top with a time of 9.92 seconds. Christian Coleman took the second spot to seal the first two places for USA and Bolt had to make do with the bronze with a time of 9.95 sec.
Most of the 56,000 crowd in the stadium went silent before they collectively booed in disgust as it was announced that Gatlin had won the 100m race. The 35-year-old American was banned twice early in his career for doping offenses and is hated throughout the world for these offenses. The hatred toward him by the crowd was only fuelled by their desire to see Bolt win and it was apparent in the loud boos that greeted Gatlin before the start of the race. You may never see a greater anti-climax; the world champion was jeered while the darling of the global crowd was acclaimed as the hero.
Despite the bronze, Bolt steps down as one of the greatest ever athletes. In total, Bolt’s work in 100m and 200m World and Olympic finals since 2008 has consumed less than four minutes. He has registered 19 Olympic and world gold medals in an illustrious career which will perhaps never be equaled by another. His loss to the sport will be immense with his legend sure to be sung for many years to come.