The World Athletics Championships have been taking place in Beijing this week, and the highlight was undoubtedly the showdown between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin.
Billed as “Good vs Evil” in some quarters, this was a battle between the two quickest men on the planet at the minute, with Gatlin producing some fantastic performances in the Diamond League, with Bolt the quickest man ever over both 100 and 200 metres, as well as holding Olympic and World Golds.
Gatlin had the better of the qualifying rounds, posting sub-10 second times in the 100 metres with ease, whilst Bolt seemed to struggle somewhat, a near-tumble in the semifinals a worrying sign for the Jamaican. However, the final of the 100m saw both Gatlin and Bolt produce some fantastic sprinting.
Gatlin got the better start, using his lower centre of gravity to explode out of the blocks, but Bolt battled back, and won the race by just a hundredth of a second, in a blistering time of 9.79 seconds. Gatlin’s unbeaten record, which stretched over more than 20 races, was gone.
In the 200 metres, Bolt came into the race short of race experience this season, having run just one 200m race, whilst Gatlin held the quickest time in the world over 200m in 2015 before the race.
Bolt got a great start, and set down a marker with a blistering first 100m. As they both emerged round the bend, Bolt was the clear leader, and the Jamaican powered his way to the finish line, celebrating as he crossed the line for his 10th World Championships Gold Medal. His time of 19.55 was too good for Justin Gatlin, and with this win, Bolt must surely go down as one of the greats of athletics.