Usain Bolt Loses His Last Ever Worlds 100m Race To Justin Gatlin

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Usain Bolt may be the greatest sprinter of all time. But in his last year of competition, Bolt was not the greatest on the planet as he was defeated in the 100m final by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman on Saturday at the IAAF World Championships in London. It marked the first final Bolt lost of any kind in over four years, spoiling what could have been a perfect ending to a storybook career.

The air was thick with tension coming in to Saturday's final. With Bolt having lost his first ever Worlds semifinal to U.S. upstart Coleman earlier in the day, the veil was broken, and it was clear: Bolt could be beaten. But by whom? As the iconic Jamaican settled into blocks for the last time in his life in the individual 100m with Coleman directly to his right, shivers rippled throughout the packed London stadium, knowing that whatever happened be written into history.

Bolt got off to a poor start -- his reaction time of 0.183 seconds was nearly the slowest in the race by a full .03 seconds, the only slower reaction being that of China's Bingtian Su who would finish last. But true Bolt fans know that his strength isn't in his start. He shines during his drive phase in the middle of the race, where he has reached top speeds that nobody else in the field could match.

Almost immediately, both Coleman and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut had a step on Bolt to his left and right, with Coleman soon extending that one-step lead to a lead over the entire field. But in the last 50 meters, Bolt began to make his comeback. Would he catch Coleman, as he had done with the greatest in the world so many times before?

The answer would be no, as Coleman would edge Bolt by .03 seconds at the line. The unlikely victor, though, was not the young talent and world leader Coleman but instead the experienced Gatlin, who powered through late in lane eight unseen by most to take the golden victory over Coleman's silver. Bolt pulled through for the bronze, his first ever global 100m medal of any color that wasn't gold.

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Bolt will return later in the championships to anchor Jamaica's 4x100m team on Saturday in the hopes of earning one final gold medal -- it will be the last race of his career.

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NCAA Cancels DI Cross Country Championships This Fall

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The 2020 DI NCAA XC Championships, which were to be held this November in Stillwater, OK have officially been canceled by the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the cancellation was due to a majority (over 50%) of institutions canceling their fall seasons.

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Big Ten, Pac-12 Call Off Fall Sports

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Two of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences won’t be competing this fall. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 are suspending fall sports, including cross country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Stahl, Vetter Post Big Throws In Turku

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The Continental Tour kicked off on Tuesday with the first stop taking place in Turku, Finland. As expected, the throws stole the show.

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How to Watch: 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour | Turku

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Here's how to watch the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour: Turku on FloTrack in the United States.

Ritz-Led On Athletics Club Rolls Out Inaugural Roster

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On Running, the Swiss-based shoe company, just released its full roster for the newly formed On Athletics Club. 

Erriyon Knighton Has Arrived With 200m National Record

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Erriyon Knighton put everyone on notice on Friday. 

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London Marathon To Go Forward As Elite-Only Race On October 4

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Organizers of the postponed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon announced today that the gala 40th edition their event would proceed as an elite-only race on a closed course within St. James's Park in Central London on Sunday, October 4.  Organizers said that they would create a "secure biosphere," a contained COVID-safe environment, which would allow the race to be run on a small circuit, at least for top athletes.  Citizen runners will only be able to participate remotely, running on their own.

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NCAA Division II/III Fall Championships Canceled

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Fall sports national championships for NCAA Division II and Division III have been canceled. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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