2013 IAAF World Championships: Usain Bolt wins the 100 meters

Aug 10, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Usain Bolt (JAM) wins 100m heat in 10.07 in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After infamously being disqualified due to a false start at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Jamaican sprinter and world-record holder Usain Bolt redeemed himself in Moscow on Sunday, winning the final of the 100 meters.

Though the contest lacked sprint stars Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, and Tyson Gay, Bolt still faced stiff competition in American Justin Gatlin (winner of the 100 meters at the 2004 Olympics). Bolt relied on the late burst of speed he’s known for to overtake Gatlin, winning the event in 9.77 seconds. Gatlin finished second in 9.85 and Nesta Carter, also from Jamaica, took third place in a time of 9.95.

Rounding out the rest of the competition were Kemar Bailey-Cole in fourth (9.98), Nickel Ashmeade in fifth (also at 9.98), Mike Rodgers in sixth (10.04), Christophe Lemaitre in seventh (10.06), and finally James Dasaolu in eighth (10.21). Gatlin was the the only non-Jamaican runner to crack the top-five.

While Bolt’s win certainly isn’t surprising, it does hopefully restore a bit of credibility to a sport (and, specifically, an event) that has been tarnished by doping allegations.

[Source: IAAF.org]

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