August 21, 2017

IAAF London 2017: Bolt beaten at last

Usain Bolt should have won last night, but in an era of Trump and Brexit, it was naive to hope for the right result.

Usain Bolt was on Saturday beaten in the 100m final at the ongoing 16th IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium, in a race which served as his valedictory individual sprint race.

The man who achieved the feat happens to be American Justin Gatlin as the ex-drug offender finished in a time of 9.92secs.

Interestingly, Bolt also lost the silver medal to another American, Christian Coleman who finished in a time of 9.94secs.

The Jamaican whose final appearance is on August 12 in the men’s 4x100m relay settled for the bronze in a time of 9.95secs.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist had started the day on an impressive note in the heat.

He won the Heat 6 in a time of 10.07secs which he described as “the worst ever” in his career.

Also, in the semi-final,  Bolt was beaten by Coleman for the first time in four years, but finished in a time of 9.98 seconds, before his eventual fall in the final to old-time rival, Gatlin.

Bolt after the race took time to acknowledge the crowd as he prepares to hang up his spike shoes in a matter of days.

“This was wonderful. I knew they would come out and support me. I’m just sad I couldn’t come out and win.

“My start killed me. Normally I get better through the rounds but it didn’t come together. The fact I didn’t get it is why I lost.

“The support has been outstanding. They have stood behind me and pushed me and I really appreciate that,” Bolt told BBC Sport.