Usain Bolt loses back-to-back races

Usain Bolt lost a race. Then he lost another one.

Bolt settled for the bronze medal Saturday in the 100-meter final at the world championships in London, his final competition as a professional track star, according to the athlete himself. It’s the first time in his illustrious career that he’s been beaten in the event’s final at the world championships, or the Olympics for that matter. (He did false start at worlds in the 2011 and was eliminated from competition.)

It’s also the first time Bolt has ever taken home bronze in the 100- or 200-meter event (he placed second in the 200 meters in 2007). Earlier Saturday, he finished second in a semifinal race, also a first for the eight-time Olympic champion. He was still widely expected to turn it on one last time.

Instead, the United States swept the top of the podium, with Justin Gatlin grabbing gold in 9.92 seconds. Christian Coleman took silver in 9.94. Bolt finished 0.01 seconds back, in 9.95 seconds.

Gatlin, who at age 35 has long raced in Bolt’s shadow, reacted emotionally to the victory, letting loose a guttural roar as he saw the result flash on the scoreboard inside London Stadium, where he finished third at the 2012 Games.

“I dreamed about this day,” Gatlin said on NBC. “I worked hard for this day. And it took for me to not be selfish and think about myself and think about others to give me that fight.”

“The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos,” Gatlin added (via BBC). “He is an inspiration.”

Coleman, who is just 21 years old and only recently turned pro after winning the 100 meters and 200 meters for Tennessee at the NCAA championships, beat Bolt in the semifinal Saturday afternoon in London. It was his first race against Bolt, who holds the 100-meter world record (9.58 seconds) and is an 11-time world champion.

“You can’t call yourself the best if you don’t go against the best,” Coleman told the AP earlier this week.  “I’ll be ready to compete. I won’t be distracted.”

He didn’t appear to be Saturday, racing to the lead out of the blocks, and nearly hanging on for gold in his first world championships.

12 Responses to Usain Bolt loses back-to-back races

  1. fedup August 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Congrats to Gatlin. Bolt lost..period..

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  2. Milli Watt August 5, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Always a CHAMPION!

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  3. BIGSKY August 6, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I said he would lose,he should have retired on top of the game.

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    • Micky Spooner August 6, 2017 at 7:22 am

      So true!!! A philosophy of mine forever!!!

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    • Micky Spooner August 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

      So true!!! A philosophy of mine forever!!!
      Mayweather Next!

      Reply
  4. Robbie LASH August 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Pride goes before a fall. Boast not, least you be humbled.

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  5. Tony Waterman August 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Let’s just wait for the DOPE test before we start putting down one of if not the BEST Athlete in our Time, the only one to Match BOLT would be Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens.
    I am also of the OPINION that Bolt’s Records will NOT be broken by any Athlete in my Lifetime.

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  6. Greengiant August 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Perfect time for the changing of the guard. Coleman will be one of the main contenders in the future. Gatlin at 35 is in the past as well.

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  7. Ossie Moore August 7, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Always did like and have faith in Gatlin , there will always be sore loosers like Tony Waterman

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  8. Ric August 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

    You always liked Gatlin?? Are you his doctor?

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  9. Ossie Moore August 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    To Ric, Im assuming that you never did like Bolt ! What is the highest grade you went to in High school ? Did you ever get past Elementary school ?

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  10. Ric August 8, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Why did it have to go there? You surely are sensitive.

    Let’s say I’m not as intelligent as you, explain your comment.

    Reply

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