It was not the fairytale that many (probably everyone) wanted, but the greatest of all-time Usain Bolt finished third in his final individual race. The 30-year-old was beaten by his long time rival Justin Gatlin and 21-year-old Christian Coleman, making it a USA one-two in the 100m final at the IAAF Championships.
The 35-year-old Gatlin, who has been banned twice for doping, came through in lane seven to clock 9.92 seconds, with Coleman’s 9.94 holding off Bolt by one-hundredth of a second.
The Jamaican’s struggle for fitness and form this season, along with his tendency to have poor starts meant he could not deliver the magic he did at the same venue in the 2012 Olympics. It was Bolt’s first defeat for more than four years, since being beaten by Gatlin in Rome in June 2013.
“My start is killing me,” he admitted after the race. “Normally I get better through the rounds but it didn’t. This is the first time in a major championships it hasn’t come together. And that’s what killed me. It was the reason I lost.”
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Usain Bolt’s final race will be the 4x100m relay on August 14, the final event of the IAAF Championship this year.