Bolt wraps up golden season with Brussels win
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m race at the Diamond League athletics meeting on September 6, 2013, in Brussels.
Fresh from winning treble sprint gold at last month's world championships in Moscow, the 27-year-old led four others through the line in sub-10sec times.
American Michael Rodgers claimed second in a season's best of 9.90sec, with Jamaica's Nesta Carter nipping world silver medallist Justin Gatlin for third after both were clocked at 9.94, Bolt's training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole timing 9.98sec.
"It's my last race of the season, the time's close to my season's best (of 9.77sec), I'm happy," said Bolt.
Out of the blocks in lane five just slower than Gatlin outside him, Bolt kept his head and shoulders low as he drove into the opening metres.
His trademark transition phase then showed at the 50 metre mark, Bolt pushing his huge frame into top gear, head coming up and going for broke.
He quickly moved past Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion and 2005 double world sprint champion who bounced back from a four-year doping ban to claim Olympic bronze in London and then silver in Moscow, on his right.
Bolt cast a brief glance cast across the field as Rodgers produced a great final 30 metres to get second from lane eight but he still finished .10sec ahead of his rivals.
Once again, Bolt's drawcard status was on show at the Roi Baudouin Stadium in the Belgian capital, the vociferous crowd on their feet as the sprinters were introduced.
As the starter called them to the blocks, Bolt put a finger to his lips to hush the crowd, briefly crossing himself and looking skywards as the television zoomed in and his picture was broadcast on the big stadium screen.
The rest was academic for the man who has now accumulated six Olympic golds and eight world gold medals, dominating the world of sprinting since taking the Beijing Olympics by storm in 2008.