Justin Gatlin’s reaction to beat Usain Bolt was perfect

The American sprinter finally beat the Jamaican star on the big stage.

Usain Bolt ran the final 100m dash of his professional career tonight.

The Jamaican legend lost.

Bolt finished in third, behind American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman, who took home the gold and the silver, respectively.

For Gatlin, it's one of the biggest – if not the biggest – moments of his career, taking down Bolt at the World Championships at the age of 35.

His reaction was perfect.

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Athletics - World Athletics Championships ? men?s 100 metres ? London Stadium, London, Britain ? August 5, 2017 ? Usain Bolt of Jamaica gestures before the race. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Athletics - World Athletics Championships ? men?s 100 m final ? London Stadium, London, Britain ? August 5, 2017 ? Reece Prescod of Britain, Justin Gatlin of the U.S.,Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Akani Simbine of South Africa, Christian Coleman of the U.S. and Usain Bolt of Jamaica compete. REUTERS/John Sibley
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Justin Gatlin (left) of the United States leads the Men's 100 metres final from Christian Coleman of the United States and Usain Bolt of Jamaica (right) during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Gatllin won in a time of 9.92 seconds (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)
Athletics - World Athletics Championships ? men?s 100 m final ? London Stadium, London, Britain ? August 5, 2017 ? Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after the race. REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica hugs Justin Gatlin of the United States following Gatlin's win in the Men's 100 metres final in 9.92 seconds during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
US athlete Justin Gatlin (L) and Jamaica's Usain Bolt congratulate each other after Gatlin won the final of the men's 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANTONIN THUILLIER (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
US athlete Justin Gatlin kneels in front of Jamaica's Usain Bolt after Gatlin won the final of the men's 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANTONIN THUILLIER (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
US athlete Justin Gatlin kneels in front of Jamaica's Usain Bolt after Gatlin won the final of the men's 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANTONIN THUILLIER (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Men's 100 Metres Final - London Stadium, London, Britain ? August 5, 2017. Usain Bolt of Jamaica with Justin Gatlin of the U.S. after the final. REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Justin Gatlin of the USA draped in the stars and stripes of the American flag after winning the Mens 100m Final and Usain Bolt in his last 100m race during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Cunningham - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Athletics - World Athletics Championships ? Men's 100 Metres Final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 5, 2017. Justin Gatlin of the U.S. celebrates after winning the race. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Men's 100 Metres Final - London Stadium, London, Britain ? August 5, 2017. Justin Gatlin of the U.S. reacts after winning the final. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Athletics - World Athletics Championships ? men?s 100 metres final ? London Stadium, London, Britain ? August 5, 2017 2017 ? Justin Gatlin of the U.S. gestures after winning the race. REUTERS/Matthew Childs
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Gatlin finished in 9.92, Coleman in at 9.94 and Bolt in at 9.95.

Here's Gatlin talking about what happened:

Congrats to Justin on an incredible accomplishment. And congrats to Usain on one of the greatest careers track and field has ever seen.

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