Usain Bolt breathed new life back into the 100 metres by defeating two-time former drug cheat Justin Gatlin to take gold at the World Championships in Moscow.
The world record holder defied the pouring rain to blaze to victory on a drenched Luzhniki Stadium track in 9.77 seconds, his best time of the year. He held off the challenge of Gatlin, who clocked 9.85secs, with Bolt’s fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter getting bronze in 9.95s.
Bolt performed all his customary pre-race preening, pretending to hold up an umbrella, all part of the show from the born entertainer but when it came to the crunch he was, as always, ice cold.
He was out of the blocks well and, just as it looked as if Gatlin, in the lane inside him, might be closing, he pulled clear to reclaim the title he lost after that sensational false start in the final in Daegu two years ago.
Bolt said: “It’s always good, I’m happy. I came with one aim - to regain my title and I did that so it’s good.
“When I am in good shape I know what I can do. For me personally from the semis I didn’t feel 100 per cent - my legs felt sore.
“I was never worried - I know what I am capable of. After the semis I knew who was capable of running faster. I knew Gatlin would be the biggest rival, but as long as I had him covered it was okay.”
Britain’s James Dasaolu was eighth (10.21).
On Saturday double Olympic champion Mo Farah added to his medal collection by holding off Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan in the 10,000m.
Farah beat the 2011 champion in 27 minutes 21.71 seconds to kick-start Great Britain’s medal charge on the opening night of competition.
He said: “It was very exciting. Two years ago almost exactly the same thing happened at this time.
“I knew Jeilan was capable, so it was just important I had something left.”