Athletics: Bolt still the planet's fastest man, beats Gatlin in World C'ships' 100m final

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (second from right) celebrates before (left to right) USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay and USA's Mike Rodgers as he wins the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Ne
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (second from right) celebrates before (left to right) USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay and USA's Mike Rodgers as he wins the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on Aug 23, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (Reuters) - Jamaican Usain Bolt won the 100 metres title at the Athletics World Championships on Sunday, crossing the line in 9.79 seconds to reassert his status as the fastest man on the planet.

American Justin Gatlin, the form sprinter of the last two years, finished second in 9.80 to take the silver.

Andre de Grasse of Canada and American Trayvon Bromell crossed the line together in third place in a time of 9.92.

Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion, has now not been beaten in the 100m or 200m in six major global championships going back to 2007, although he was disqualified from the shorter race at the Daegu World Championships in 2011.

The 29-year-old will go for successive World Championship sprint sweeps in Beijing, the site of his breakthrough triumph at the 2008 Olympics, with the 200m final scheduled for Thursday.