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2015 World Championships in Athletics Beijing, Russia

2015 15th IAAF World Championships - Beijing - Men's 100m



Host City: Beijing, ChinaFormat: Preliminary round (First 3 & 3 fastest to first round) (Aug 22)
Dates: 22 August 2015 — 30 August 2015Format: First round (First 3 & 3 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 22)
Nations participating: 205Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 23)
Athletes participating: 1,781
  Main venue: Beijing National Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
The gold and silver medallists from 2013 were back again, and this time Gatlin was favoured to defeat Bolt. The American had been unbeaten for more than a year, whereas the Jamaican had been hampered with injury and appeared sparingly during 2015. Gatlin immediately impressed with a marginally-windy 9.83 heat. In the semi-finals, Bolt stumbled out of the blocks and had to work hard to edge De Grasse, as both ran 9.96. Gatlin then again stood out with a blistering 9.77 to beat Rodgers. Three men registered 9.99 for the two fastest loser spots, and two of those (Su and Vicaut) each clocked 9.987. Both men were therefore advanced, so nine lanes were used in the final. For the second successive World Championships, a runner clocking 10.00 was eliminated. Gatlin was away fastest in the final where Bolt also produced a reasonable start. There was little to choose between the two men at halfway, with Bromell and Su very close behind. Over the next 25m, Gatlin opened up a slight lead, as only Bolt remained within striking distance. Gatlin stayed in front, but “over the last five metres I kind of stumbled a little bit,” he later admitted. Bolt, straining mightily, caught the American and edged through the line 0.013 ahead. The Jamaican therefore became the first athlete with nine gold medals from the IAAF World Championships. De Grasse, finishing fastest of all, drew level with Bromell, so the two US collegians shared the bronze medal. The times for seventh to ninth were the fastest-ever for those positions.




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