Beijing, Aug 23:
Usain Bolt, whose appearance here was in doubt barely months ahead of the World Championships, stormed to defend his 100 metres title in 9.79 seconds on Sunday at the landmark Bird’s Nest, where he turned into an athletics phenomenon with two world-record Olympic wins in 100m and 200m as well as a gold from 4x100m seven years ago.
Although the time was a far cry from his 9.58 world record as injury in the past two years took a toll on the multi-world and Olympic champion, the capacity stadium gave the 29-year-old a standing ovation, reports Xinhua.
Former World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin came here with this year’s leading time of 9.74 but had to settle for the silver in 9.80. Trayvon Bromell of the United States and Andre de Grasse from Canada tied for third in 9.92.
It was the first time in World Championships history that a sub-10 second time has been required to reach the final.