Usain does it again for Beijing sweep

Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:02pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200 meters world title on Thursday and prove that when it comes to major championship sprinting, he simply has no peer.

In the seven years since the Jamaican first lit up the Bird's Nest at the 2008 Olympics, a disqualification in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record in major global races.

Six Olympic golds and now 10 at the worlds are glistening metal proof of his ability to get the best out of his huge natural talent when the stakes are highest.

It was all supposed to be different this time around, however.

Bolt has struggled with pelvic problems this year and been burdened with the unwanted task of 'saving' athletics after allegations of widespread doping in the sport dominated the month leading up to the championships.

Gatlin, 33, is in the form of his life and their showdowns in the two sprints in Beijing were the most highly anticipated contests of the championships.

Yet, when it came to the crunch, Bolt brushed all that and Gatlin aside, digging deep to win the 100 meters by a hundredth of a second on Sunday and his pet event by almost 2/10ths of a second on Thursday.

"This season a lot of people have been doubting me and saying I'm going to lose. I've just shown my championship potential," the 29-year-old told reporters after clocking 19.55 seconds, the best time in the world this season.   Continued...

Usain Bolt of Jamaica (L) crosses the finish line ahead of Justin Gatlin (2nd R) from the U.S., Zharnel Hughes of Britain (2nd L) and Ramil Guliyev of Turkey in the men's 200m final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 27, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson