The world’s greatest sprinter, Usain Bolt, was handed his first L after losing his final race to twice banned drug cheat, Justin Gatlin.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 5, 2017
Running in his final 100-meter race on Saturday at the 2017 World Championships in England, Bolt came out of the starting blocks slow and could not catch up to Gatlin or Christian Coleman, finishing third.
Gatlin posted a winning time of 9.92 seconds, followed by Coleman (9.94) and then the world record-holder Bolt (9.95).
It was the first time Bolt has ever lost the 100-meters at the World Championships. The 21-year-old Coleman came out of the starting blocks fast and never really ceded the lead with Bolt trailing him ever so slightly. Then, as they hit the final 50 meters, Gatlin, 35, surged into the lead from lane 8.
It is the first time in over a decade Bolt was beaten in any individual race. It is also Gatlin’s first gold in the 100 meters since the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 5, 2017