Usain Bolt promises to retire as world No 1 after his fastest run of the year at the Anniversary Games
The Jamaican plans to give up sprinting after the 2017 World Championships but proved he still has more to offer despite falling behind Justin Gatlin this season.
Yet on a night Mo Farah also secured victory in the 3,000metres, some fans left without getting in when facing a two-hour queue in the rain to collect tickets.
Bolt recorded the sixth fastest 100m of the year on his return to the venue where he won the sprint double in 2012. He clocked 9.87sec — matching the time he had earlier run in the heats. It was an improvement on his best of 10.12, the 62nd fastest of the year. Bolt said: ‘I was never No 2. I’m still No 1 and I will continue being No 1 until the day I retire.
In the last race of the night, Farah clocked 7min 34.66sec in winning the 3,000m on his first race in the UK since doping allegations against coach Alberto Salazar. Farah said: ‘I’m not a politician. Mo Farah just runs. It was great to be back at this stadium, which changed my life. The support reminded me of 2012 — it was amazing.’
But Bolt and Farah’s performances only added to the frustration of thousands of fans who struggled to get in.
Huge queues built outside as fans who had paid up to £50 for tickets had to wait for up to two hours in the rain to collect them.
Some gave up and went home, meaning they missed seeing the Olympic champions.