ATHLETICS | 100m | BOLT
Bolt makes off with gold in the 100m in Moscow
The Jamaican ran 9.77 under the rain, the best time this year. Gatlin and Nesta Carter were second and third.
Jamaican Usain Bolt won the 100m in the World Championships in Moscow, run with the rain falling and into a headwind of 0.3 m/s, in a time of 9.77 seconds, the best this year. Coming from behind Justin Gatlin, second in 9.85, he ran a tremendous second half to win easily in the end. The American came second and celebrated his silver as if he’d just taken gold. The bronze went to Jamaican Nestor Carter.
Two other sprinters broke the 10 second barrier in the race, the Jamaican pair of Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade, both with 9.98. American Mike Rodgers (10.04) was sixth, seventh was Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre (10.06) and bringing up the rear was British runner James Dasaolu (10.21).
This is Usain Bolt’s eight medal at the World Championships. In Osaka in 2007 he picked up the silver in the 200 metres and in the relay. In Berlin, two years later, he won the 100, 200 and 4x100m. In Daegu 2011 he won the 200 and the relay, but missed out on the 100m after a false start.
If he makes it onto the podium in the 200m and the relay, as seems highly likely, he will equal Carl Lewis as the athlete with most medals at the World Championships.