By Nurudeen Obalola:
Athletics legend Usain Bolt could only finish third in his final individual global race as Justin Gatlin won the 100m men’s final at the IAAF World Championship in London on Saturday.
American Gatlin, 35, who was booed by the London crowd for his doping antecedents, won the tense race in 9.92 seconds as Bolt finished in 9.95 seconds. Another American, Christian Coleman, who ran the fastest time this year at 9.82 seconds in June, came second in 9.94 seconds.
Bolt, who was aiming for a fourth 100m world title after gold in Berlin, Moscow and Beijing, had a terrible start and paid dearly for it as he was denied his fairytale finish.
The Jamaican superstar, the fastest man ever at 9.58 seconds, fought bravely to make up ground but Gatlin breezed to the finish line just ahead from the outside lane.
Coleman just edged Bolt by the nose but the Jamaican multiple Olympic and world champion did not seem too bothered by the disappointing end to his individual career as he lapped up the London crowd’s adulation.
Bolt will still run the 4x100m relays for Team Jamaica.
Also on Saturday, Luvo Manyonga won South Africa’s first ever men’s long jump IAAF World Championships gold with a leap of 8.48m as his compatriot Ruswahl Samaai claimed bronze with 8.32m.
American Jarrion Lawson won silver with 8.42m.