Usain Bolt's thunder stolen by Justin Gatlin in final 100m race

Usain Bolt has ended his stellar 100-metre career without a world title in his final individual race.

In a tight finish, Bolt was punished for his slow start and Justin Gatlin held him off at the line in 9.92 seconds. American sprinter Christian Coleman took silver in 9.94 seconds and Bolt took bronze in 9.95.

Likely because of his doping past, the 35-year-old Gatlin was booed following the race. He and Bolt both posted a season-best time. 

“It is just one of those things,” Bolt said, showing his carefree demeanour even in defeat. “It has been brilliant.”

Bolt was aiming for his fourth world championship. Despite the loss, he remains arguably one of greatest sprinters of all time. He holds the world record in the distance, having broken his own mark at the 2009 worlds in Berlin to reset the bar at 9.58.

Canada’s Andre De Grasse was set to compete but was forced to pull out on Wednesday after suffering a hamstring injury on Monday. 

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