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There were no lightning strikes in London on Saturday.

Usain Bolt, competing in what is believed to be his final competitive individual 100m, finished third in the marquee sprint event at the IAAF World Championships on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd. American Justin Gatlin, who for years has run in Bolt’s shadow, won a nail-biter in 9.92. Christian Coleman finished second in 9.94 as Bolt, who clocked 9.95, a seasonal best, could not rebound from a slow start. It was a 1-2 finish for the Americans.

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Gatlin, often billed as the villain, produced one of the great upsets in athletics history, defeating the eight-time Olympic champion and world record holder. The 35-year-old American has on multiple occasions served doping bans, often the source of reasoning for the crowd’s displeasure when he is introduced pre-race. He is the 2004 Olympic 100m champion.

For Bolt, the race marked an end, in terms of his individual races, to an era. He will still compete in the men’s 4x100m relay for Jamaica, the world record holders, a 2012 mark set at the same venue as London 2017, later this championships.



1 1395 Justin GATLIN USAUSA 9.92 SB 0.138
2 1386 Christian COLEMAN USAUSA 9.94 0.123
3 1075 Usain BOLT JAMJAM 9.95 SB 0.183
4 1074 Yohan BLAKE JAMJAM 9.99 0.137
5 1281 Akani SIMBINE RSARSA 10.01 0.141
6 943 Jimmy VICAUT FRAFRA 10.08 0.152
7 976 Reece PRESCOD GBRGBR 10.17 0.145
8 778 Bingtian SU CHNCHN 10.27 0.224

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