Usain Bolt took on a formidable field in the 100-meter dash at Friday's 2013 IAAF Diamond League meet in Brussels, but as he has many times before, sprinted to victory in 9.80 seconds at King Baudouin Stadium.
It's late in the year & he's tired, but there's still no stopping @usainbolt! He heads a world class field by 1/10th! 9.80 looking great— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) September 6, 2013
American Michael Rodgers finished in second with a time of 9.90, while Bolt's Jamaican compatriot Nesta Carter was third at 9.94—just milliseconds ahead of U.S. Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin.
Earlier in the year in Rome, Gatlin beat Bolt by one-hundredth of a second in the Golden Gala meet.
Bolt was not to be trifled with on this day, and even a season-best time by Rodgers wasn't nearly enough to catch him.
While Bolt was characteristically slower with relation to his fellow competitors—all eight of whom had run in under 10 seconds prior to the meet—he utilized his typical knack for surging ahead of the pack in the second half of the thrilling showcase.
The Belgian crowd erupted as Bolt made his move, which never really gets old to see due to the effortlessness Bolt seems to display in consistently doing so.
This adds yet another accolade to an ever-growing resume for Bolt, who won three gold medals at the World Championships in Moscow as part of a successful 2013 season.
British sprinter James Dasalou got out of the starting blocks rather quickly, but finished in eighth in 10.15, per BBC Sport.
During a Wednesday press conference, the 27-year-old Bolt stated that he would retire after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Considering that is still quite far away, there is still plenty of time to savor Bolt's athletic prowess on the track.
If this race is any indication, it appears that Bolt is showing no signs of slowing down as his career continues to progress and amaze sports fans around the world.
Note: Facts about Rodgers' season-best time and the field all running below 10 seconds were obtained from BBC Sport.