Tennessee track stars Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman finished 1-2 in the 100-meter final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.
Gatlin captured his second 100-meter world title with a time of 9.92 seconds, catching Coleman (9.94) and Usain Bolt (9.95) over the final 10 meters.
The 35-year-old Gatlin qualified for the final by running a 10.09, second in his heat to Akani Simbine of South Africa (10.05).
Coleman, a 21-year-old from Atlanta, knocked off Bolt earlier in the day in a 100-meter preliminary race. Coleman held off Bolt at the finish of their heat with a 9.97-second sprint to Bolt’s 9.98, the men eyeing one another as they crossed the line in first and second.
Bolt, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters (2008, 2012, 2016) from Jamaica, has said leading into this event that it would be the final one of his professional track career.
Bolt had won 45 straight preliminary and finals races going back to 2013 before the loss to Coleman in the qualifying race.
Coleman broke the news with SEC Country in June that he was turning professional, forgoing his senior year of eligibility.
Coleman matched Gatlin’s historic NCAA sprint feat of sweeping the 60-meter and 200-meter indoor championship along with the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet.
Coleman’s 9.82-second time at the outdoor meet in Eugene, Ore., set the NCAA record and represents the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year.
Coleman has remained a student at the University of Tennessee, even after turning pro.