Usain Bolt has had a storied career on the track, but it didn’t have a storybook ending Saturday night.
Bolt, who is set to retire after this weekend’s track and field world championships in London, was upset by American Justin Gatlin in the 100-meter dash. Bolt finished third in what likely is the final individual race of his illustrious career.
American Christian Coleman, who took silver, got out to a fast start, but Gatlin blew past both he and Bolt at the very end to claim his first 100-meter title since 2005.
Here’s how Bolt’s final race went down.
It was Bolt’s first defeat in a 100-meter final in Olympic or world competition, apart from a false-start disqualification in 2011.
Gatlin, who has been booed all week, served a four-year doping ban from 2006 to 2010 and has been chasing the fastest man on the planet since his return to the track.
Bolt will take the track one final time for Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team Aug. 12, and then he will be gone. Or at least, that’s what he claims.
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