MOSCOW — Usain Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back in reclaiming his 100-meter title at the world championships on Sunday, winning in 9.77 seconds. He also didn’t even crack a smile when he crossed the finish line because this took a lot more work than the world’s fastest sprinter usually needs.
Gatlin was second and Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third.
Of all Bolt’s titles, this one will have a special meaning, considering he false-started two years ago in the final to lose his crown.
Also on Sunday, Ashton Eaton of the United States won the decathlon world title to add to his Olympic gold medal.
Eaton had a comfortable lead heading into the final event of the two-day competition and cruised home in the 1,500-meter race to secure his second major title in two years.
The world-record holder collected 8,809 points to finish ahead of Michael Schrader of Germany and Damian Warner of Canada, who both won their first major medals.