They both got off to brilliant starts, though perhaps Gatlin’s wasn’t as good as his previous ones. For most of the 100m, they were pretty much matched stride for stride but it is the finish that was really key. From about 15m out, Gatlin could see Bolt alongside him and he completely crumbled under the pressure. He started to shake and over-stride and he dipped far too early and he lost it. Gatlin will never get a better chance to beat Bolt and he has blown it and we are all probably delighted that he did.
The final was just as prolific by the numbers. Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse, the next generation of world sprinters, tied for the bronze medal, each of them running 9.92 after long collegiate seasons. Mike Rodgers was an isolated fourth in 9.94 before Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Vicaut were all given 10.00 in finishing sixth, seventh and eighth.