Usain Bolt Edges Justin Gatlin For 100m Gold, As Depicted In This Mashup With The Incredibles
Usain Bolt beat beat American Justin Gatlin by 1/100th of a second today to win the gold medal in the 100 meters at the World Championships in Bejing, retaining his crown. Remember when Bolt was winning races by meters, and didn't need to lean in at the finish? He set a world record in the 100 at the 2013 Worlds, at 9.58. Sunday's winning time was 9.79 (Gatlin was 9.80).
But perhaps it was orchestrated, as this graphic tells us.
Here's what 1/100th of a second looks like:
Practically no one was rooting for Gatlin, even in the U.S. He was one of four runners in the 100 today who had previously been busted for doping -- in Gatlin's case, on two occasions. He served his bans and is now allowed to race, which is a bone of contention among many track fans. Daily Mail:
It was probably the most symbolically important hundredth of a second in athletics history. The hero had beaten the villain and the sense of relief in the posh seats, where those charged with protecting the image of the sport were stationed, was palpable.
"I've shown the world that it is possible to succeed clean. I have worked my hardest, I have pushed myself, I've been doing it for years." Bolt said.
He almost missed out on athletics' morality play altogether after stumbling out of the blocks in the semi-final but managed to stay upright and win in 9.96sec to advance.
Gatlin was unbeaten in 27 races before today, and had the fastest 100m time at the Worlds going into the finals. American Trayvon Bromell and Canadian Andre de Grasse shared the bronze in a dead heat.
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