Justin Gatlin pulled off one of the greatest sprint doubles in a short time frame ever Friday, winning a 100m in 9.77 seconds and a 200m in 19.71 with about an hour between races in Brussels on Friday.
Gatlin’s victory in the 100m was a personal-best time at the final Diamond League meet of the season.
It’s also the fastest time in the world this year, bettering Gatlin’s 9.80 from earlier. Gatlin remained undefeated for 2014. The 9.77 also matched Usain Bolt‘s winning time from the 2013 World Championships.
Gatlin finished second to Bolt at 2013 Worlds and third behind Bolt and Yohan Blake at the 2012 Olympics after winning the 2004 Olympic title and sitting out four years due to a doping ban.
Bolt ran two 100m races this season, after getting a late start due to foot surgery, clocking a best of 9.98 before shutting it down for the year. Bolt said he didn’t think he would beat a Gatlin-at-his-best this year, given the Jamaican’s lack of training and racing this year.
Gatlin has run 9.77 before, matching the world record in 2006. But that time was later erased due to his doping suspension.
American Mike Rodgers was second to Gatlin in 9.93 on Friday. Former world record holder Asafa Powell was third in 9.95. Tyson Gay was sixth in 10.01. (full results here)
Gatlin’s victory in the 200m, not his primary event, was faster than any other man has run this year. Gatlin ran 19.68 earlier this year. Bolt, who didn’t run the 200m this year, won the 2013 World Championship in 19.66.
In other events Friday, Allyson Felix won the 200m in 22.02, the fastest time in the world this year. Felix also shaved .32 off her fastest time of 2014, a comeback year for the Olympic champion who suffered a torn hamstring in the 2013 World Championships 200m final.
Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross won the 400m in 49.98, a half-second slower than countrywoman Francena McCorory‘s fastest time in the world this year from June. McCorory was seventh in 51.44 in Friday’s race.
Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim and Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko took a combined five attempts at breaking the high jump world record and failed on all of them. Barshim won the competition with a 2.43m clearance, making him the second best man of all time in the event. Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor set the 2.45m world record in 1993.
Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi edged Kenyan Silas Kiplagat in the 1500m by .02. Both men celebrated prematurely, though Kiplagat had reason to given second place was enough to win the Diamond League season title in the event.
Galen Rupp, whose best events are the 5000m and 10,000m, was 11th in 3:34.15, a personal best. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano was last among 15 finishers.
Evan Jager broke his U.S. record in the 3000m steeplechase by 2.1 seconds, clocking 8:04.71 for third place.
Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury finished fourth and fifth in personal-best times in the 3000m behind Kenyan winner Mercy Cherono.
France’s Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.93m to take the pole vault, the highest clearance in the world this year.
France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won the 110m hurdles in 13.08. Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt was seventh in 13.37. Merritt hasn’t run faster than 13.27 this year during which he’s dealt with a reported hamstring injury.
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams extended her shot put winning streak, which is at more than 50 dating to 2010, with a 20.59m throw, the best in the world this year.
Usain Bolt talks Olympic history, racing in the U.S., more in Q&A