But Gatlin, who stumbled at the death to lose the 2015 world final to Bolt by a hundredth of a second, on this occasion timed his surge and dip to perfection to win in 9.92 seconds. Coleman, who has run over 40 races this year but turned professional only a few weeks ago, took silver in 9.94. Bolt, straining every sinew, fought all the way to the line but the pace and grace that took him to his world record of 9.58 eight years ago has withered with age and perennial injury battles and this time he ran out of track. "It's just one of those things," Bolt said. "My start is killing me. Normally, it gets better during the rounds but it didn't come together."
Justin Gatlin dethroned Usain Bolt in 100m at world championships (ICYMI). Bolt: beaten in a global-championship 100m final for first time. pic.twitter.com/sA3rtgpNaD— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 6, 2017
When the results flashed up on the giant screen the crowd immediately began repeating the booing with which Gatlin's name had been greeted since the heats on Friday. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his first response was to put his finger to his lips to indicate silence. The crowd reacted by chanting Bolt's name and the Jamaican hugged Gatlin and told him he did not deserve the disrespect. "I tuned it out (the boos) through the rounds and stayed the course. I did what I had to do," said Gatlin, who served a four-year ban from 2006 for a second doping offence - which he always denied. "The people who love me are here cheering for me and cheering at home. "It is Bolt's last race and he's the man so it's not about beating him. I have had many victories and many defeats down the years, he's pushed and inspired me to be the athlete I am today.
We aren't used to seeing interviews like this from Usain Bolt.This is a hard watch: https://t.co/3qGeG0iSBq pic.twitter.com/zRY0oAP6li — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 5, 2017
Justin Gatlin's bow to Usain Bolt is the definition of Humility ? Respect, Spirit of Sportsmanship, Champions, so much all in one photo ??? pic.twitter.com/pbZWwVQ18T — #9jaWitches ??? (@badgalmaddie_) August 5, 2017"It's surreal really to come across the line first - it's still his night. "We are rivals on the track but in the warm-down area we joke and have a good time. The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn't deserve the boos. He is an inspiration." As always, the ever-popular Bolt gave generously of his time after the race to fans and media alike, despite the unfamiliarity of finishing third for the first time in a major championship. The Jamaican had been seeking a fourth 100m world title to go with his four over 200m, four relay golds and eight Olympic crowns and a capacity 56,000 crowd had turned out fully expecting to celebrate it.
Justin Gatlin wins world 100m gold by beating Usain Bolt in the Jamaican's last solo race of his career pic.twitter.com/ekE6bUmMC6 — Nsimba Vantoto (@ConsensusAlways) August 6, 2017Coleman, however, was not about to complain. "Both of us have done well, I'm really happy for him to get the gold and I'm delighted with silver," he said. Of Bolt, he added: "He's a man who has taken the sport to a whole new level. "He's been an icon of mine as I've grown up. It's an honour to toe the line with him." RESULT: Men - 100m 1. Justin Gatlin (USA) 9.92 seconds 2. Christian Coleman (USA) 9.94 3. Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.95 4. Yohan Blake (JAM) 9.99 5. Akani Simbine (RSA) 10.01 6. Jimmy Vicaut (FRA) 10.08 7. Reece Prescod (GBR) 10.17 8. Bingtian Su (CHN) 10.27