24 Aug 2015

Usain conjures bolt from blue to retain title

9:56 am on 24 August 2015

Olympic champion Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres World Championship title in Beijing and reassert his status as the world's number one sprinter.

The Jamaican world sprint champion Usain Bolt.

Usain Bolt Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Jamaican had struggled for form and fitness all season, stumbled his way through the semi-finals and got nowhere close to the times that his rival Justin Gatlin had been posting.

However, back at the arena where he first exploded onto the world stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt surged past the in-form American over the last 30 metres and crossed the line in 9.79 seconds, his fastest run of the year.

"I came out here, relaxed, no stress and brought it home. My aim is to be number one until I retire and therefore I am pushing myself and pushing myself," said the 29-year-old after striking his trademark "Lighting Bolt" pose.

"It is all about running the race and getting it done. You can call that race rusty. I could have run faster. This title means a lot to me. It has been a long season with me coming back from injury."

Gatlin finished second in 9.80 to take silver as he did at the world championships in Moscow two years ago, while young guns Andre de Grasse of Canada and American Trayvon Bromell finished together in third place in a time of 9.92.

They will both be awarded bronze medals after running identical times down to a 1000th of a second.

"I am speechless, all I can say is wow!" said de Grasse, whose time was a personal best.

American Mike Rodgers was fifth, while Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Jimmy Vicaut were sixth, seventh and eighth in 10 seconds dead.

With Gatlin, who has twice served bans for the use of banned substances, being one of four convicted dopers in the final, a victory for Bolt proved to be more significant than who was the best sprinter.

"I understand why [people thought it was important for me to win]," Bolt added.

"But as I said, I wanted to do it for myself. It was a big deal."

Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, has now not been beaten in the 100m or 200m in six major global championships going back to 2007.

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