Last weekend, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the gold medal in 100 metres in a much-anticipated final against world leader Justin Gatlin in the 2015 World Championships. Bolt, that have had some injury problems during the year, won with 0,01 second! 1-0 Bolt after round 1 with other words. However, both runners was also to participate in the 200 metres event.
Usain Bolt 2-0 Justin Gatlin
In the qualifiers and semifinals, both Bolt and Gatlin advanced without using that much energy. Bolt in particular looked relaxed during his heats. In today’s final, both runners got a good start and Gatlin had a slight advantage in the curve. However, Bolt showed the world why 200 metres is his favourite race, pushed a few extra steps and could easily cross the goal-line at 19,56. His world record is 19,19, from 2009. Gatlin placed second, miles behind Bolt. He simply could not hang on in the last half of the race. In fact, the biggest threat to Bolt today was a camera man on a Segway that accidentally hit the sprinter superstar after the race.
The next time we will see Bolt versus Gatlin is in the sprint relay this saturday. Then we will also watch Mo Farah, who won the gold in 10 000 metres, try to go for gold in 5000 metres as well. The World Championships continuous. The Swedish athletes are in a generation shift right now we are getting to see some of our younger athletes try to compete at this level. No medals so far though and chances are we will left empty-handed from these championships. Hopefully some of our athletes have taken the next step til next year’s Summer Olympics in Brazil. However, it will probably be a while since we get to see another Christian Olsson (triple-jump), Stefan Holm (high-jump) or Carolina Klüft (heptathlon). Until then, we get to enjoy some great World Championships in Beijing right now!