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Husain Bolt 29 years win Justin Gatlin 33 years.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m ahead of United States' Justin Gatlin, at the World Athletics Championships, at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Fairytale win for Ennis-Hill; Angel Lopez wards off Zhen.

After two years of uncertainty, Usain Bolt produced his biggest clutch performance to beat rival Justin Gatlin on Sunday in the 100m final at the World Championships with a lunge at the line here on Sunday.

Bolt was trailing for almost all the race, the biggest showdown in the sport in years. But with gritted teeth, the two-time Olympic champion clawed back into contention and made his giant stride count to win in 9.79 seconds, .01 seconds faster than the American veteran.

Two lanes to his right, Gatlin was as good as perfect for most of the race, but for seven years now, there is no denying the greatest sprinter in history.

“It is all about running the race and getting it done,” Bolt said.

Going even just before of the finish line, Bolt glanced left to Gatlin in Lane 7 and threw his weight forward in a dip of desperation. His yellow-coloured Jamaica jersey crossed marginally ahead of the red-clad Gatlin for his third World title in the 100.

Bolt kept on powering along in celebration, and when he returned, Gatlin gave him a warm hug.

“Got nipped at the line by great Usain,” Gatlin said.

In a dead heat for third, Trayvon Bromell of the United States and Andre De Grasse of Canada shared bronze in 9.92 seconds.

Reggae time

Soon, the reggae was blaring through the public address system at the Bird’s Nest and Bolt was performing his signature Lightning Bolt move.

It could have been so different had Bolt failed to recover from a stumble at the start in the semifinals.

“I think I hit my foot too hard,” Bolt said after the earlier race. “I just stumbled. I really don’t know what happened.”

Standout athlete

Three years after the 2012 London Games, Ennis-Hill remains the standout she once was. With three solid performances in the long jump, the javelin and the concluding 800, Ennis-Hill won her second World title, six years after her first.

Runner-up Brianne Theisen-Eaton needed to make up about six seconds in the 800 to win and went out fast to pressure Ennis-Hill with an early burst of speed.

But Ennis-Hill kept her within striking distance and swept past the Canadian in the finishing straight.

Ennis-Hill won with 6,669 points, 115 points ahead of Theisen-Eaton. Laura Ikauniece-Admidina of Latvia took bronze with 6,516 points.

The host nation again fell short of a gold medal when Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain held off a strong challenge from Wang Zhen to win the 20km walk.

Even though Wang had been undefeated for a year, he entered the Bird’s Nest when Lopez was already moving toward the finish line celebrating a gold medal to add to his European title from last year. Benjamin Thorne of Canada was third.

The results: Men: 100m: 1. Usain Bolt (Jam) 9.79s, 2. Justin Gatlin (U.S.) 9.80, 3. Andre de Grasse (Can) 9.92 and 3. Trayvon Bromell (U.S.) 9.92; Shot put: 1. Joe Kovacs (U.S.) 21.93m, 2. David Storl (Ger) 21.74, 3. O’Dayne Richards (Jam) 21.69, 11. Inderjeet Singh (Ind) 19.52;.

thanks: the Hindu 24.08.15

dedicated by: Kavignar Thanigai.

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