Who can beat Usain Bolt? American sprinters like Justin Gatlin? No. Once more, Bolt proved his brilliance and supremacy on track over others within four days, earning him the stature of the fastest man of the planet.
The ace Jamaican this time won the 200m gold in World Athletics Championship 2015 in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on Thursday after retaining his 100m gold on Sunday.
And the Bolt was knocked out. Wrapped in Jamaican flag, the sprint star was in his victory lap when a camera person riding a Segway scooter ran over him. The scooter abruptly took a right turn after hitting a track-side camera rail and and hit Usain Bolt from behind.
Bolt landed on the camera person’s legs, taken by sheer surprise. A timely somersault, a testament of his fitness, retrieved him after falling flat on his back.
“He took me out,” Bolt said later, uninjured and smiling. “The rumor I’m trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off.”
The American promptly responded, “I want my money back. He didn’t complete the job.”
After all the heavyweight technical discussions and analysis of the Bolt-Gatlin duel throughout the week, things rounded up with lighthearted humor. And Bolt winning both 100m and 200m gold medals. Remember, Gatlin, twice suspended for doping, arrived at Beijing with the fastest times of the season in both 100m and 200m and was regarded as the hot favorite to win.
Bolt made 3 in 3 in Beijing Olympic finals in 2008, and here he stands 2 in 2 so far in the world championship.
Bolt silenced the crowd ahead of the race by putting an index finger at his mouth while he graced the blocks. Bolt and Gatlin were neck to neck till a point, but Bolt edged past. He crossed the finish line in 19.55 seconds, with Gatlin in second in 19.74.
“He came through when it was time to come through,” said Gatlin. It wasn’t a photo-finish like the one 100m as Gatlin failed to approach his best time registered earlier this season, 19.57 seconds.
“Winning the 100 meters always gives you confidence, without a doubt,” Bolt said. “But as I told you guys coming into the world championships, the only thing I was really worried about was the fact that I didn’t get to race a lot through the season. But the rounds really helped me, and the more I ran, the better I felt.
“After the semifinals yesterday, I felt really great. I could tell my sharpness was coming back, and I was going into the 200 really confident. It’s my favorite event.”
The Bronze medal went to Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa, who clocked 19.87 seconds.