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Usain Bolt Wins 100 Meters at World Athletics Championships

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, celebrates after winning the 100-meter final at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow on August 11, 2013. Photographer: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images
Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, celebrates after winning the 100-meter final at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow on August 11, 2013. Photographer: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica regained his world 100-meter title, winning the final in 9.77 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Bolt finished ahead of Justin Gatlin of the U.S. (9.85) and Jamaican Nesta Carter (9.95) amid steady rain. Gatlin led from the start before Bolt charged through to win on a track drenched by a storm.

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.

Earlier, Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton of the U.S. won gold in the event. 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.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty at phegarty@bloomberg.net

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