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5 Aug 2017

JUST IN: Usain Bolt Loses His Final Race At World Championship [Video]

Usain Bolt may be the greatest sprinter of all time. But in his last year of competition, Bolt was not the greatest on the planet as he was defeated in the 100m final by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman on Saturday at the IAAF World Championships in London. It marked the first final Bolt lost of any kind in over four years, spoiling what could have been a perfect ending to a storybook career.
The air was thick with tension coming in to Saturday's final. With Bolt having lost his first ever Worlds semifinal to U.S. upstart Christian Coleman earlier in the day, the veil was broken, and it was clear: Bolt could be beaten. But by who? As Bolt settled into blocks for the last time in his life, shivers were sent throughout the packed London stadium, knowing that whatever happened would make history tonight.

Bolt got off to a poor start -- his reaction time of 0.183 seconds was nearly the slowest in the race by a full .03 seconds, the only slower reaction being that of China's Bingtian Su who would finish last.
The unlikely victor, though, was not the young talent and world leader Christian Coleman but instead the experienced Justin Gatlin, who powered through late in lane seven to take the victory over Coleman. Bolt pulled through for the bronze, his first ever individual medal of any color that wasn't gold.

Bolt's world records may remain standing, but he would not accomplish his goal of remaining undefeated in the 100m through the end of his career.

Bolt will return later in the championships to anchor Jamaica's 4x100m team in the hopes of one final gold medal.

Farewell Bolt, and thanks for the memories

Watch the video of his last race below:

    

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