After stumbling and making a tremendous recovery to win the semi finals in the 100m at the World Championships, Bolt defended his title in a time of 9.79 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
Bolt entered the race as the sixth ranked athlete in the world this year and was up against the number one ranked Justin Gatling who came into the final on a 28-race unbeaten run.
The Jamaican Champion's title-defence run removed all doubts and silenced his critics as he convincingly pressured Gatlin to battle his way to a second-place finish in 9.80 seconds. Bolt's 9.79 seconds was more than two tenths off his world record, but this was a night for athletics to celebrate victories rather than times.
Bolt crossed the line in 9.79 seconds—pedestrian by his standards. Yet it very well may have been his greatest race ever.
“My coach said, ‘You’ll have to run 100 metres if you’re going to win the race,’” Bolt said after capturing his record ninth career gold medal at world championships. “So I ran 100 metres.”
America’s Trayvon Bromwell and Canada’s Andre De Grasse will share the bronze medal after they both clocked 9.92 seconds.
Jamaica’s other finalist, Asafa Powell, finished seventh in a time of 10.00s.
Eight-time world champion Michael Johnson told the BBC that "Usain Bolt was challenged here more than he has been at any time during his career. Put on top of that the burden of 'saving the sport' which was placed on his shoulders, it means that the pressure was there. I have to give him so much credit for that performance."