Usain Bolt probably did not count on American duo, Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman “raining” on his going away party but that is what they just did as Usian Bolt finished third in the men’s 100 meters for the last time at London’s World Athletics Championships. It was not quite the fairy tale ending for Usain Bolt as he stumbled out of the blocks and left himself with too much ground to make up on his USA competition.
Usain Bolt was aiming for his 12th World Championship gold medal, but the eight time Olympic gold-medalist was forced to settle for bronze as the USA’s Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman edged past the Jamaican, who appeared to be struggling, to the finish line.
Usain Bolt still has the opportunity to leave the track in glory as he races for Jamaica in the 4x100m men’s relay next week but one thing is for certain and that is that it’s very unlikely the world will see another athlete of his caliber ever again.
Justin Gatlin who endured successive boos from the crowd both in his heat and semi final race, because of his past doping offenses, finished ahead of Usain Bolt and Christian Coleman, in a surprising end to the major highlight of the night. He returned a time of 9.92 seconds.
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Christian Coleman, who had beaten Bolt in the semi-final race earlier in the day, re-enacted the feat, beating the Jamaican, who had dominated the race for nine years. He also returned a time of 9.94 ahead of Bolt’s 9.95 seconds.
Perhaps, both Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin have just made a fitting statement, that the Usain Bolt era is over. Of course, Justin Gatlin’s superlative performance left no one in doubt about who is now on the throne. All Hail The King.