Bolt wins 200m gold for 10th world title

Bolt wins 200m gold for 10th world title
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Bolt reacts after a cameraman on a segway crashed into him in the final of the men's 200 metres
Bolt reacts after a cameraman on a segway crashed into him in the final of the men's 200 metres

Usain Bolt cemented his super star status in the stadium where it all started seven years ago by reducing American rival Justin Gatlin to an also-ran with an impressive 200 metres victory for a record 10th world title.

Bolt stormed out of the bend first and never looked back as he triumphed in a world lead 19.55 seconds, banging his chest as he crossed the line.

Gatlin was almost two tenths behind on 19.74 for silver. Anaso Jobodwana grabbed bronze in a South African record 19.87 seconds in a photo-finish with Panama's Alonso Edward, who had the same time but was two thousands of a second behind.

"Well done Usain. I am just happy," Bolt said. "I told you guys that I would do it. There was no doubt."

Bolt, who had been suffering from injuries and modest form last year and early this season, and trailed Gatlin in the 2015 lists over 100m and 200m, first edged Gatlin by one hundredth in the 100m final Sunday before his big win Thursday in his favourite event for an 8-1 lead their direct duels.

Elsewhere, Allyson Felix of the US won the 400m for a ninth career worlds gold while American triple jumper Christian Taylor and Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk missed the world records by a fraction for the day's other titles.

Gatlin's best chance appeared to be an explosive start and being first on the straight to demoralise Bolt, but it was Bolt who left the turn first.

The gap remained small but Bolt then pulled away and was already celebrating before crossing the line and the full party started, including the trademark Lightning Bolt gesture after the lap of honour - and being felled by a man riding a Segway - in front of his adoring fans.

Bolt rose to stardom in the Bird's Nest with an Olympic treble in 2008 and repeated the feat at the 2012 Games. At the worlds he now has 10 titles and is unbeaten since 2009, the only hiccup being his false start disqualification in the 2011 100m final.

He has four straight 200m titles and three 100m/200m doubles.

The Jamaican can further raise his tally to 11 titles in the sprint relay Saturday.

Felix also had a comfortable lead coming onto the home stretch and did not slow down for victory in a personal best and world lead 49.26 seconds. Shaunae Miller took silver for the Bahamas in 49.67, and Jamaica's Shericka Jackson bronze in 49.99 - both also personal bests.

Felix' other titles are three 200m crowns, three in the 4x100m and two in the 4x400m.

Already leading at the time, the American Taylor hopped, skipped and jumped 18.21 metres in the second last jump of the competition, eight centimetres shy of Jonathan Edwards' world record 18.29 from the 1995 worlds.

Cuban rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo had silver with 17.73m and Portugal's Nelson Evora, who won Olympic gold in the same Bird's Nest stadium in 2008, claimed bronze with 17.52m.

"It was a great fight. I saved it until my last jump. When you are that close to a record, this makes you even hungrier. I am delighted," Taylor said.

Wlodarczyk triumphed with a championship record 80.85 metres (just short of her world record 81.08m) and her second best throw of 80.27m was also far ahead of the pack as she claimed the biggest winning margin in the discipline.

China's Zhang Wenxiu added silver to three previous bronze medals at the worlds on 76.33m. The bronze went to Alexandra Tavernier of France with 74.06m.

In preliminary action, sentimental favourite Aries Merritt of the US, the Olympic champion and world record holder who undergoes a kidney transplant next week, was fastest into the 110m hurdles final.

"I am only 75 per cent physically healthy. That should be enough to give me a medal," Merritt said.

Dutch 100m runner-up Dafne Schippers could afford to shut down early for a place in the 200m final, while ex-champion Caster Semenya of South Africa finished last to go out in the 800m semis.

In the morning, Genzebe Dibaba advanced into the 5,000m final and is one race away from claiming a first women's 1,500/5,000 metres double at worlds or Olympics.

Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson qualified for the long jump final four days after three fouls in the discipline during the heptathlon cost her a possible medal. But three-time world and 2012 Olympic champion Brittney Reese of the US went out with back problems.

Friday's medal events are the women's 20km walk in the morning; and in the evening the men's 110m hurdles and long jump plus the women's 200m and 100m hurdles.

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