After two years of uncertainty, Usain Bolt produced the biggest clutch performance of his career Sunday to beat Justin Gatlin with a lunge at the line in the 100-meter final at the world championships.
Bolt was trailing for almost the entire race in the biggest showdown in the sport in years. But with gritted teeth, the two-time Olympic champion clawed back into contention and made his giant stride count to win in 9.79 seconds — .01 seconds faster than the American veteran.
“A lot of people counted me out,” Bolt said. “So for me to come and win, this is a big deal.”
Rising to the occasion as he always does, Bolt put a shockingly bad semifinal heat behind him to recover...