Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin by a nose in thrilling World Championship 100m final


Updated 14.15

USAIN BOLT PRODUCED a stunning second 50 metres to pip Justin Gatlin for World Championship gold.

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Bolt finished in a time of 9.79, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of the American silver medalist.

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In an extremely tight contest behind the two favourites, USA and Canada forced a dead heat for third place and so Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse both come away with bronze and a time of 9.92 seconds.

In the semi-final, defending champ Bolt rode through a terrible start to turn on the power in the final 40 metres and clock 9.96 seconds, with De Grasse second on the same time.

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Gatlin, who has twice served bans for doping, had no such problem in the second heat, winning in a blistering time of 9.77 ahead of compatriot Mike Rodgers, who has also served a drugs suspension. Neither men managed to improve on that semi-final marker.

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy.

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