Usain Bolt claims sprint double over Justin Gatlin with sensational 200m triumph

A sensational run from Usain Bolt saw him crush rival Justin Gatlin over 200 metres in 19.55 seconds and chalk up another sprint double at the IAAF World Championships.

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Both men flew out of the blocks but Bolt pulled away in the home straight, affording himself a smile and bumping his chest with his fists as he eased up crossing the line.

Gatlin took silver in 19.74s, with South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana snatching bronze with a new national record of 19.87s.

Alonso Edward (also 19.87s) was the unfortunate athlete nudged off the podium, while Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes ran a new lifetime best of 20.02s to take fifth.

Usain Bolt Jamaica (bottom) celebrates winning the race ahead of Justin Gatlin of U.S. (R) who finished in second and Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain in the men's 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing
Usain Bolt Jamaica (bottom) celebrates winning the race ahead of Justin Gatlin of U.S. (R) who finished in second and Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain in the men’s 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing – Reuters

On Saturday, Bolt pipped Gatlin to victory over 100m – a result that could have been different had Gatlin’s technique not crumbled in the closing stages – but there was no doubt about the fastest man over 200m.

Bolt cut a relaxed figure on the startline before charging out his blocks and roaring to his 10th World Championship gold medal.

It was the Jamaican’s third sprint double in the championships’ history, adding to his 100m-200m hauls from Berlin in 2009 and Moscow in 2013. Bolt also won the 200m in 2011 in Daegu, but was disqualified in the 100m final for a false start.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (C) celebrates with fans after winning 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 August 27, 2015