In a tight finish, Bolt was punished for his slow start and Justin Gatlin held him off at the line in 9.92 seconds. American sprinter Christian Coleman took silver in 9.94 seconds and Bolt took bronze in 9.95. Gatlin and Bolt both posted a season-best time.
“I think my body is telling me that this is it. I’ve done it all and I’ve tried my best. It’s just one of those things, you got to know when to go and I think it’s time for me to go,” Bolt told CBC Sports‘ Perdita Felicien.
UK Telegraph reports it was an awful result for track and field, where a culture of forgiveness allowed Gatlin to return to professional sprinting after offences in 2001 and 2006 – and finally overcome his longstanding inability to deal with Bolt, who called the victor “a good person.”