The track was damp for the 100-meter final, but a little rain wasn’t enough to slow down Bolt – at least not too much. Bolt did not repeat his 2011 mistake. Instead, he regained the 100-meter World Championship crown with a time of 9.77. The fast-starting Gatlin gave Bolt a battle, finishing a solid second in 9.85, but Bolt quickly overcame Gatlin's slim lead, surged ahead and finished strongly. Carter took the bronze medal in 9.95, followed by Bailey-Cole in fourth and Ashmeade in fifth, both officially in 9.98 seconds.
The final, of course, was a different story. Bolt had the race well in hand by the midway point and cruised to victory in a world-leading 19.66. Weir was second in a personal best 19.79, while Mitchell closed fast to earn the bronze in 20.04, edging Ashmeade by .01 and spoiling Jamaican hopes for a medals sweep. Bolt's victory gave him the 100-200 double at four of the five major championships during the previous five years – the 2009 and 2013 World Championships plus the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He undoubtedly would’ve been five-for-five if he hadn’t false-started in Daegu.
Merritt was the fastest qualifier in the preliminary heats, winning his race in 44.92 seconds. James was the second-fastest overall, in 45-flat, followed by Tony McQuay of the U.S. in 45.06. Merritt also topped the charts in the semifinal round, winning his heat in 44.60. James ran 44.81 to edge Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic by .02 in their race. Overall James was fourth in the semis, as Yousef Masrahi of Saudi Arabia ran a national record 44.61 to win the other semi, ahead of McQuay in 44.66.
In the final, Merritt started fast and owned a slight lead at about 300 meters, when James began fading, effectively ending their confrontation. Merritt pushed all the way to the line, even though his challenger was nowhere to be seen, to win in a world-leading 43.74 seconds. McQuay finished second in a personal best 44.40, followed by Santos in 44.52. James finished a shocking seventh in 44.99.
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