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Usain Bolt wins third 100m World Championship gold

The moment Bolt took gold ahead of Gatlin. Credit: Reuters

Usain Bolt has won his third World Championship 100 metres gold medal in a time of 9.79 after crossing the line inches ahead of Justin Gatlin.

The sprinting legend had looked far from his best in the heats and semi-final, which he won in 9.96 after a dreadful start.

Bolt crossed the line 0.01 seconds ahead of Gatlin. Credit: Reuters

Jamaican Bolt lived up to his billing as the saviour of athletics as he held off the challenge of two-time drug cheat Gatlin to win in 9.79 seconds.

The 33-year-old American, the sport's number one villain, especially in the wake of the doping scandals of recent weeks, had to settle for silver in 9.80secs.

Usain Bolt recovers from poor start to edge semi-final

Bolt recovered from a poor start to win his semi-final. Credit: BBC

Usain Bolt recovered from a dreadful start to win the first semi-final of the men's 100 metres at the World Championships in Beijing.

The defending champion clocked a time of 9.96 and will go head-to-head with two-times drugs cheat Justin Gatlin in this afternoon's final.

Gatlin will start the final as favourite in the eyes of many after he eased to victory in the second semi-final in just 9.77 seconds.

Ennis-Hill poised to win World Championship gold

Jessica Ennis-Hill is on course for World Championship gold after Katarina Johnson-Thompson's challenge collapsed in agonising fashion.

Ennis-Hill has six second cushion for the 800m metres. Credit: PA

Saturday proved a fascinating battle between master and apprentice, resulting in the British pair occupying the top two spots overnight.

The victor was only expected to become clear in the final heptathlon event on Sunday evening, yet Johnson-Thompson's disastrous long jump ruled her out of contention.

Ennis-Hill's season best effort of 6.43 metres gave her a comfortable cushion at the top of the overall standings, which remained solid after throwing 42.51m in the javelin.

It puts the London 2012 champion on the cusp of gold with just the 800m to go, boasting an 86-point cushion - the equivalent to approximately six seconds - over Holland's Nadine Broersen in second.

Johnson-Thompson, by contrast, ended a galling morning session in 29th place overall.

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Bolt and Gatlin on course for 100m showdown

Gatlin clocked the fastest time in the heats with 9.83 seconds. Credit: PA

A showdown between two of the fastest men in the world is on course to go ahead this afternoon as Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt goes head-to-head with America's Justin Gatlin.

Gatlin, who has been suspended twice on doping offences, shrugged off audible boos from the crowds and clocked the highest time in the heats with 9.83 seconds.

World record holder Bolt, whose season has been disrupted by joint problems was satisfied with going under 10 seconds in his heat, ranking fifth overall.

The World Championships semi-finals will take place this afternoon, followed by the hotly anticipated final showdown.

Mo Farah storms to Beijing gold in 10000 metres

Farah silenced his critics with gold in the 10,000 metres. Credit: Reuters

Mo Farah put a summer of speculation behind him to make it half a dozen global titles as he again proved unbeatable over 10,000 metres at the World Championships in Beijing.

Farah was ruthlessly focused amid all the off-track distractions as he burst away from the twin Kenyan challenge of Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Paul Tanui down the home straight.

The 32-year-old has endured a tumultuous year, caught up in the doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar, but has not lost his aura of invincibility on it as he came home in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.

Justin Gatlin storms to victory in 100 metres heat

Justin Gatlin responded to boos from the Beijing crowd by storming to 9.83 seconds in the heats of the 100 metres at the World Championships.

Gatlin v Bolt promises to be a fascinating match-up. Credit: Reuters

The two-time drug cheat, cast as athletics' number one villain, especially in the wake of the doping crisis which has engulfed the sport in recent weeks, looked mightily impressive in qualifying fastest for Sunday's semi-finals at the Bird's Nest stadium.

Gatlin's introduction was greeted with audible jeers, but his time was an emphatic statement of intent, even with a marginally illegal following wind.

It was faster than Usain Bolt has run all year and suggests he is in shape to go faster than his world-leading personal best of 9.74secs come the business end of the competition.

Jessica Ennis-Hill leads heptathlon after three events

Will Ennis-Hill bring back gold? Credit: Reuters

Jessica Ennis-Hill lay in gold medal position after three events of her heptathlon as she made a strong return to the global stage at the World Championships in Beijing.

The Olympic champion, in her first major championship since London 2012 and 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie, was on 2,968 points, 34 clear of Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.

Team-mate and rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson was also going well, despite dropping down to ninth on 2,854 after the shot put, her weakest event.

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