Usain Bolt Finishes Third In Final 100-Meters Race
Usain Bolt, an 8-time Olympic gold medalist, and 11-time world champion lost his last 100-meters dash to long time rival Justin Gatlin on Saturday.
Bolt who had announced that the 2017 IAAF World Championship in London would be his final competition, finished the 100 meters sprint in third in 9.95 seconds, equalling his best time for 2017, behind America’s Gatlin who finished in 9.92 seconds, and Christian Coleman who clocked 9.94 seconds.
After the race, Gatlin bowed down to Bolt despite beating the champ. The two also hugged, Bolt showing that he had no hard feelings.
Gatlin, who has been banned twice for doping, got a cold reception from some fans as they booed him before the race. He did not let that bother him as he crossed the finish line in first place. This win was his second world championship 12 years.
Usain Bolt will retire next week after the 4×100 meters relay finals.
Despite speculation that Bolt would, in fact, return for the 2020 Olympics, he said on Friday, “My dad said he’s going to give me a year off and then I’m going to come back, but I don’t think so,” according to the Times.