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Bolt beats Gatlin in 200m showdown

Bolt came home in 19.55 seconds. Credit: Reuters

Usain Bolt has beaten Justin Gatlin to win gold in the men's 200 metres final at the World Championships in Beijing.

Bolt beat Gatlin for the second time in four days, Credit: Reuters

Bolt ran 19.55 seconds to finish ahead of two-time drug cheat Gatlin who took silver.

The Jamaican sprinting legend has lived up to his billing as 'the saviour of athletics' again - just four days after beating Gatlin in the 100m final.

Bolt looked strong from the start of the 200m final, charging out of the blocks and producing a solid bend which he continued to finish 0.19 secs ahead of Gatlin.

Bolt celebrates with his trademark celebration. Credit: Reuters

Anaso Jobodwana followed home third in a South African record time of 19.87s, pipping Panama's Alonso Edward by just two-thousandths of a second.

Zharnel Hughes finished out of the medals in fifth, but the British sprinter underlined his potential by crossing fifth in a personal best time of 20.02.

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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.

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.

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