23rd August 2015 – In one of the most eagerly awaited clashes track and field has known Usain Bolt (JAM) confirmed his status as the fastest man in the world by winning the 100m title.
Saying he crossed the line first in 9.79 seconds does not do justice to the full story of a dramatic night inside the Birds Nest Stadium, the venue which saw him shoot to global stardom following his performances at the 2008 Olympics.
Before even contesting the final Usain had to navigate his way through his semi-final and this is where the story nearly ended. Stumbling on his fourth stride Usain almost fell to the track but somehow managed to stay on his feet. He still found himself 5 metres adrift of the field and looking like his qualification chances had gone but showing champion spirit he lifted himself back up and managed to overhaul everyone to claim his place in the final line-up.
The final was billed as a dual between Usain and American rival Justin Gatlin and indeed it was these two who ran stride for stride down the track. As the line approached Usain was able to hold his form the better and took the title for the third time in his career.
In the womens 1500m semi-finals Shannon Rowbury (USA) again secured automatic progress with an assured run. This time Nancy Chepkwemoi (KEN) was not able to do likewise and she exited the event at this stage.
Ristananna Tracey (JAM) finished seventh in her heat of the 400m hurdles.