Moscow • His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race. Doesn't matter. This is Usain Bolt.
And nothing gets in the way of him and first place, especially when he's driven as he was Sunday night in the 100-meter final at the world championships.
Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back. He also didn't even crack a smile when he crossed the finish line because this took a lot more work than the world's fastest sprinter usually needs.
Gatlin was second and Bolt's Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third.
Of all Bolt's titles, this one will have a special meaning, considering he false-started two years ago in the final to lose his crown.
Now, it's his again.
"It's always great to get back your title," said Bolt, who won in 9.77 seconds. "I'm happy with myself I got it done."
Like Bolt, Brittney Reese and Ashton Eaton were just as dominant. Reese won her third straight long jump gold, while Eaton now possesses the world and Olympic decathlon titles.
Many of Bolt's top rivals were missing from the field. Gone were Tyson Gay (doping offense) and Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, who was the reigning champion but skipped the worlds because of an injured hamstring.