Jamaican Usain Bolt showed that he is still the fastest man on earth by winning the 100m race at the IAAF World Athletics Championship in Beijing on Sunday. He clocked his season-best time of 9.79 seconds to clinch yet another gold medal at the World Athletics Championships.
Usain Bolt shines despite the pressure
Bolt had immense pressure on his shoulders and was not a clear favourite at the start of the finals. The whole atmosphere in the stadium was electric till the final minutes before the start. The crowd seemed to hold its breath in the moments before the race to set up the stage perfectly for the finale.
Bolt had a decent start to the race but was not as fluent as he has been during past triumphs at the Olympics. Despite the forgettable start, Bolt came through to win the Gold with an impressive timing of 9.79 seconds. He faced tough resistance from American Justin Gatlin. The American ran shoulder to shoulder with Bolt until the last stride but eventually came up short by the smallest of margins. Gatlin finished second with a timing of 9.80 seconds. It was Gatlin’s race to lose as he had clocked 9.77 seconds in the semifinals, faster than Bolt’s winning timing but ultimately the Jamaican showcased a champions temperament.
America’s Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse of Canada were tied for third and shared the bronze medal. Both the sprinters had a timing of 9.92 seconds. The tie was called as they had the same time to the thousandth second.
“This win means a lot because I’ve been struggling all season and I was having problems with my start. I knew I had to put all that behind me and just drive. I understand why everyone wanted me to win but I wanted top win for myself really. It’s a big deal,” Bolt Said after the win.
Bolt was out for a major part of the season due to a pelvic injury and it was a remarkable comeback from the Jamaican.
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