Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt to win 100 M final in London

Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in 100 M final Photo Credit/

Reaction from Telegraph Sport’s Ben Bloom
Usain Bolt had the chance to bow out last summer after triple Olympic gold. Why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why did he carry on? Why? Why?
— Ben Bloom (@benbloomsport)
August 5, 2017
Justin Gatlin wins it with a season’s best
The pantomime villain of the piece comes away with the top prize. Judging by the boos in the stadium, and the collective groan from those watching in Telegraph Towers, that was a far from popular outcome.
Bolt came out of the blocks well but Gatlin, almost under the radar as everyone was watching Bolt, comes through and takes it.
Gatlin steals it!
Boos ring around the Olympic Stadium and Usain Bolt is beaten into bronze medal position by Gatlin and Coleman who win gold and silver respectively – Winning time of 9.92 seconds – Wow!
The field he has to beat
The 100m final start list
He wasn’t the fastest qualifier, and hasn’t been the fastest man in the world this year for the first time in nearly a decade – but why would he let a thing like that bother him?
Doesn’t look nervous
Fist pump 👊
Usain Bolt is looking ridiculously relaxed.
It’s 100m time.@BBCOne 📺👉
#bbcathletics #London2017
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 5, 2017
Finalists being introduced one by one
Reece Prescod announced first to a huge reception, but even the home athlete’s roar can’t match the one Usain Bolt’s just recieved walking into the stadium
Ever the showman, eh?
Bolt enters the London Stadium
Christian Coleman can challenge Usain Bolt
Michael Johnson believes Coleman is going to push Bolt all the way and predicts a time of around 9.7 or 9.8 seconds. Not long now until we find out.
The scene is set
Enough to give you goosebumps – the fastest man in history signs off on solo competition from those blocks in around 10 minutes time…
Ready for history #BOLTDOWN
— Ed Saunt (@edsaunt) August 5, 2017
Men who could replace Bolt
Of the men being tipped to claim Usain Bolt’s mantle, only two compete in tonight’s final – a good sign he could sign off in style, surely.
The men fighting to replace Usain Bolt
Justin Gatlin, United States, 35
100m PB: 9.74sec / 200m PB: 19.57sec
A former Olympic and world champion, Gatlin topped the 100m world rankings last year but it is hard to see him getting any quicker.
Andre de Grasse, Canada, 22
100m PB: 9.91sec / 200m PB: 19.80sec
De Grasse has only ever been beaten by Gatlin and Bolt at major championships and has already claimed world and Olympic medals.
Yohan Blake, Jamaica, 27
100m PB: 9.69sec / 200m PB: 19.26sec
Injuries meant Blake barely ran between the London and Rio Olympics, but he bounced back to take fourth in 9.93sec in Brazil.
Trayvon Bromell, United States, 21
Is Bolt fooling us?
This feels a bit like the build up to a Floyd Mayweather fight. Is Bolt letting us believe he may be on the wain and that his opponent has a real chance of winning before putting on a clinic and make us feel daft for doubting him in the first place. He’s done it before…
Changing of the guard?
Will Christian Coleman dethrone Bolt and establish himself as the new force in world class sprinting?
Darren Campbell gives us a quick preview of the 100m final, which gets underway in just over half an hour. A couple of words of encouragement for Britain’s Reece Prescod as well.
We’re getting ever nearer to the
#London2017 100m final.
@CampbellDarren has a special message for British finalist Reece Prescod.
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport)
August 5, 2017
From Telegraph Sport’s Paul Hayward
Really interesting insight.
Will be fascinating to see what impact the fastest man in history will have on Coleman up close – For as long as they remain ‘close’ anyway.
Just spoke to an Olympic athlete who believes having Bolt alongside him will stop Christian Coleman winning. Thinks Bolt will control him.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward)
August 5, 2017
The record Bolt is looking to defend
Usain Bolt hasn’t lost at a major championships since he burst onto the scene in 2008 and took over.
Here’s a look back at his performance in major championships
The countdown starts here
In just under an hour’s time, Usain Bolt will be back on track to seal an unbeaten major championship record. Given his on and off track performance you can be certain he won’t go out quietly.
We’ll be back at 9pm
As just mentioned there’s a bit of a gap until Usain Bolt runs the last race of his solo athletics career.
We’ll be back at around 9pm to build up to it, but you can keep tabs on the rest of the night’s action here
Final countdown
The solo career of the fastest man on earth concludes in just under two hours.
BBC ‘Boltdown’
First defeat since 2013
Christian Coleman just inflicted Usain Bolt’s first defeat since 2013. Here’s his first interview outside of the US.
— Ben Bloom (@benbloomsport)
August 5, 2017
Thoughts of Telegraph Sport’s Paul Hayward
Bolt was working harder in that semi than he normally has to, chasing Coleman rather than running him down. A very tense final ahead (9.45).
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward)
August 5, 2017
Final start list
Here are the men Usain Bolt will have to beat if the fastest man of all time is going to retire undefeated.
Can he pull it off?
Final start list
He’ll have to up his game for the final
Semi final three result
We know Bolt can run faster and he’ll have to if he’s going to walk away unbeaten. Commiserations to CJ Ujah who just misses out as a fastest loser
Fastest semi-final so far
Bolt has qualified in second place but minor drama as Bolt hasn’t been included on the results screen…very odd.
Christian Coleman takes it in 9.97 seconds after a poor start by Bolt’s high standards.
Second semi-final – result
Usain Bolt’s compatriot Yohan Blake qualifies along with Britain’s Reece Prescod. Nobody predicted that! Prescod’s start wasn’t fantastic, but he came on incredibly well and made passing a world class field look incredibly easy.
As if you needed reminding
Here’s a closer look at Usain Bolt’s incredible career
Profile | Usain Bolt
Born: 21 August 1986 in Sherwood, Jamaica. His parents ran a general store in the village. He has an older half-sister, Sherine, and younger half-brother, Sadiki
Childhood: An average pupil, his main interests were in cricket and football. He later won a scholarship to IAAF High Performance Training Centre in Jamaica
Akani Simbine takes the first semi-final
He wins by 0.4 seconds from Justin Gatlin to reach tonight’s final.
Britain’s James Dasaolu finished fifth and unfortunately won’t qualify.
Semi-finals underway shortly
While the focus has been on Bolt, there’s a field full of world class sprinters looking to dethrone him.
Preview | Men’s 100m
If you keep tabs on just one event this evening, make sure it’s the men’s 100m final. Can Usain Bolt bow out undefeated at major championships? After three semi-finals, which start just after 7pm, the top eight sprinters in the world will meet at approximately 9:45 in the final. In the first round, Bolt won the sixth and final heat with a time of 10.07 seconds, leaving the Jamaican unimpressed. Watch out for Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin of the United States and Bolt’s compatriot Yohan Blake. Great Britain’s James Dasaolu, Reece Prescod, and Chijindu Ujah, will be looking to get among the medals, especially in the absence of Canada’s Andre De Grasse.
Colin Jackson predicts gold for Bolt
Track legend Colin Jackson not only predicted Usain Bolt bowing out on a high, but gave us the exact time he thinks he’ll win it in. He’s going for 9.81 seconds
Bolt’s last solo race
Here’s the lowdown on Usain Bolt’s last solo trip to the track
Usain Bolt’s last race | What time is the London 2017 100m final?
Tonight we’ll find out if Usain Bolt can bow out of world championship competition undefeated. Read Telegraph Sport’s guide
to Usain Bolt’s last race: What time is the London 2017 100m final, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
Welcome to the end of an era
For nearly a decade, Usain Bolt has dominanted world class athletics. His world records in the 100m and 200m metres, both set at the Berlin World Championships in 2009, have stood for almost as long as he’s been on the scene.
But can he avoid defeat for just one more night?
If he can walk away from the London Stadium with gold he’ll have finished a glittering career undefeated at a major championships.
You can be sure that whatever the outcome the towering Trelawny native won’t be bowing out quietly. Put the kettle on and get in front of whatever screen you can, you won’t want to miss this.
Bolt’s semi-final gets underway at 7:20pm with the final at 9:45pm.

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