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Aug 23, 2015

Usain summons up Bolt from blue to retain title

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 meters world title on Sunday and reassert his status as the fastest man on the planet.

The 29-year-old Jamaican surged past the in-form American Justin Gatlin over the last 30 meters and crossed the line in 9.79 seconds, his fastest run of the year.

Aug 23, 2015

Athletics-Usain summons up Bolt from blue to retain title

BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres world title on Sunday and reassert his status as the fastest man on the planet.

The 29-year-old Jamaican surged past the in-form American Justin Gatlin over the last 30 metres and crossed the line in 9.79 seconds, his fastest run of the year.

Aug 23, 2015

Bolt flirts with failure, Gatlin cruises into final

BEIJING (Reuters) – Defending champion Usain Bolt made a meal of it but recovered from a stumbling start to reach Sunday’s 100 meters final at the world championships, setting up his Beijing showdown with in-form American Justin Gatlin.

The Olympic champion and world record holder qualified joint third fastest in 9.96 seconds after a blanket finish in the opening semi-final, while Gatlin’s 9.77 in the second was the best of the round.

Aug 23, 2015

Athletics-Bolt flirts with failure, Gatlin cruises into final

BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Defending champion Usain Bolt made a meal of it but recovered from a stumbling start to reach Sunday’s 100 metres final at the world championships, setting up his Beijing showdown with in-form American Justin Gatlin.

The Olympic champion and world record holder qualified joint third fastest in 9.96 seconds after a blanket finish in the opening semi-final, while Gatlin’s 9.77 in the second was the best of the round.

Aug 22, 2015

Farah fireworks help shift focus from doping

BEIJING (Reuters) – Britain’s Mo Farah put a difficult few months behind him to retain his 10,000 meters title in some style as the opening day of the world championships finally shifted the focus from the doping crisis in athletics on Saturday.

Even with the superstars of the sport taking center stage on the first of nine days of action at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, however, there were some reminders of the troubles that have engulfed the sport over the last three weeks.

Aug 22, 2015

Farah storms to victory in the 10,000 meters

BEIJING (Reuters) – Britain’s Mo Farah survived a last-lap trip to retain his 10,000 meters world title in some style on Saturday, extending his dominance of men’s distance running at major championships.

Almost tripped up by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor as he took the first bend after the bell, the 32-year-old regained his balance and his composure to storm down the final straight and finish in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.

Aug 22, 2015

Athletics-Farah storms to victory in the 10,000 metres

BEIJING, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s Mo Farah survived a last-lap trip to retain his 10,000 metres world title in some style on Saturday, extending his dominance of men’s distance running at major championships.

Almost tripped up by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor as he took the first bend after the bell, the 32-year-old regained his balance and his composure to storm down the final straight and finish in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.

Aug 22, 2015

Gatlin, Bolt storm through 100 meters heats

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin moved a step closer to their highly anticipated Beijing showdown when both eased through the 100 meters heats on the opening day of the world championships on Saturday.

American Gatlin underlined his dominance of the sprints this season by storming to victory in the sixth heat in 9.83 seconds, the best time of the day at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Aug 22, 2015

Athletics-Gatlin, Bolt storm through 100 metres heats

BEIJING, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin moved a step closer to their highly anticipated Beijing showdown when both eased through the 100 metres heats on the opening day of the world championships on Saturday.

American Gatlin underlined his dominance of the sprints this season by storming to victory in the sixth heat in 9.83 seconds, the best time of the day at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Aug 22, 2015

Favorites cruise at heats on opening day at worlds

BEIJING (Reuters) – World record holder David Rudisha of Kenya and Ethiopia’s defending champion Mohammed Aman cruised through the heats for the 800 meters on a hot and humid opening morning at the world athletics championships in Beijing on Saturday.

Commonwealth Games champion Nijel Amos of Botswana also safely moved through to Sunday’s semi-finals with victory in a time of 1 minute 47.23 seconds in the first heat at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

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