'Sprint King' Usain Bolt destroys Justin Gatlin to win record fourth straight 200m title

Aug 27, 2015, 19:44 IST | Agencies

Usain Bolt demolished arch-rival Justin Gatlin, clocking 15.55 seconds, to win a record fourth consecutive world 200m title and seal another world championship double sprint gold on Thursday

Jamaican 'sprint king' Usain Bolt completely outpaced American arch-rival Justin Gatlin, clocking 15.55 seconds, to win a fourth record consecutive world 200m title on Thursday to add to the 100m gold he won at the weekend and seal another world championship double sprint gold. 

The 29-year-old Bolt eased to his 10th world championships gold medal with Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, second best at 19.74 second. with South African Anaso Jobodwana taking bronze with a national record of 19.87 seconds.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins 200 metres title at World ChampionshipsJamaica's Usain Bolt (front) reacts as he wins ahead of (L-R) South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana, Britain's Zharnel Hughes, USA's Justin Gatlin and Turkey's Ramil Guliyev in the final of the men's 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on Thursday. AFP

Bolt, who romped home clocking the year's best time, thus extended his domination of global sprinting since taking the world by storm at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the same Bird's Nest stadium. The victory meant Bolt has now remarkably won 11 of the last 12 individual Olympic and world sprint titles since shooting to fame at the Beijing Games, his only blip coming after a false start in the 100m at the 2011 worlds in Daegu.

Gatlin looked like he might gain the advantage but then Bolt extended his strides to pull away from Gatlin towards the finish.

Bolt's training partner Zharnel Hughes, who competes for Great Britain, posted a personal best of 20.02 seconds to finish one position behind fourth-placed Panama's Alonso Edward in 19.87 seconds. 

Ramil Guliyev of Turkey was sixth, followed by Femi Ogunode of Qatar and Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade.

The men's 200m times

  1. Bolt 19.55
  2. Gatlin 19.74
  3. Jobodwana 19.87

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