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Bolt blitzes to another 100m world title in Beijing
- Updated: August 23, 2015
World sprint legend Usain Bolt brushed off his blapse in the semi-final to be crowned 2015 world 100-metre champion in Beijing, China on Sunday.
The blue riband 100m final wrapped up day two of the IAAF World Championships. After quite literally stumbling through his semi-final in 9.96, Bolt had a far better start in lane five and lead from start to finish and stop the clock in 9.79 seconds.
In-form Justin Gatlin of America was unable to chase down Gatlin and took silver 0.01sec behind Bolt for one of the closest finishes in World Championships history. But the pressure of trying to catch Bolt saw him tying up over the final 20m or so.
The win means Bolt now has his third world title over 100m. His first came six years ago when he set the world record of 9.58sec in winning in Berlin, Germany
A rare joint bronze medal went to Canada’s Andre de Grasse and American’s 2014 20-year-old junior world championships silver medallist Trayvon Bromell in 9.92.
Slowest time in the final went to home town athlete Bingtian Su, who had equalled the Chinese record of 9.99 in the heats.
In the final he ran 10.06.
Joint South African 100m recordholders Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies dropped out in the semi-final stages earlier in the day.