For years, Usain Bolt has been unbeatable. With his 2009 world record of 9.58 in the 100 meters seemingly untouchable, the Jamaican sprinter’s dominance remained on display even when he finished nowhere near it.
But with a combination of Bolt’s slow start and American Justin Gatlin’s late surge, the fastest man in the world was upset in his last 100-meter race. Gatlin claimed his first world championship in 12 years, while Bolt finished third behind American Christian Coleman. It was Bolt’s last time running the event with his plans to retire at the end of the championships, but he still has one more race when he’ll anchor the Jamaican 4×100 relay team next Saturday.
Amid his celebration, Gatlin took a moment to recognize Bolt and the significance of the end of the GOAT’s career. He bowed to his fellow runner before the pair hugged it out.
Justin Gatlin bows to Usain Bolt after upsetting him for 100-meter world championship. Justin Gatlin bows to Usain Bolt after upsetting him for 100-meter world championship