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23 Aug 2015
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IOC President congratulates Bolt on 100-metre gold

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach applauded six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt tonight after the Jamaican sprinter won gold in the men’s 100 metre final at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

“Congratulations to Usain Bolt for a historic victory,” the IOC President said. “It was great to see him winning in the Bird’s Nest Stadium again.”

It was a triumphant return for Bolt to the Bird’s Nest Stadium, where he won three gold medals at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. His victory – a season best run of 9.79 seconds -- is the clearest signal so far that he is ready to defend his Olympic titles from Beijing and London next summer at the Olympic Games Rio de Janerio.

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After three days of meetings, President Bach got a chance to take in the Opening Ceremony and see some of the competition this weekend. President Bach watched London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah become World Champion for the fourth time after he beat out Kenyan duo Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui to win the men’s 10,000 metre final on Saturday night.

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On Sunday, the IOC President saw the finals of the men’s hammer throw, shot put, in addition to Bolt’s win in the 100 metres. He also watched the women’s 800 metres heptathlon final and women’s 1,500 metres semifinal.

Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill, gold medallist in women’s heptathlon at the Olympic Games London 2012, won her first World Championships since Berlin 2009, finishing first in the 800 metres to take the overall title 6,669 points to her nearest rival’s 6,554.

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