Usain Bolt of Jamaica regained his world 100-meter title last night, winning the final in 9.77 seconds at the World Athletics Championships.
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Bolt finished ahead of Justin Gatlin of the U.S. (9.85) and Jamaican Nesta Carter (9.95) in Moscow. Gatlin led from the start before Bolt charged through to win on a track drenched by a storm.
“I am happy but I wanted to do better,” Bolt told reporters. “My legs were sore after the semifinals, I don’t know why, but the world record wasn’t on so I came out just to win. Back in Jamaica, they do not expect less than that from me. They always expect me to dominate.”
Bolt won the event at the world championships in Berlin in 2009, when he set the current world record of 9.58 seconds. He was disqualified for a false start at the last edition in South Korea two years ago.
This year’s championships are taking place under the shadow of doping controversies. Last month U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell withdrew from the world championships after testing positive for banned substances.
In June, Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic 200-meter champion, accepted a provisional suspension from competition following a positive test for a banned diuretic. Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson said in July that she tested positive for a banned stimulant.
Also yesterday, Olympic champion Ashton Eaton of the U.S. won gold in the decathlon. He finished on 8,809 points, ahead of Germany’s Michael Schrader (8,670) and Canada’s Damian Warner (8,512).
Brittney Reese of the U.S., the Olympic champion, won the women’s long jump for the third consecutive time with a leap of 7.01 meters, followed by Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria (6.99m) and Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic (6.82m).
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women’s 10,000-meter title for the third time and Sandra Perkovic of Croatia won the women’s discus. Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia won the men’s 20-kilometer walk.