Drama and controversy at the World Athletics Championships – a photo essay

From Mo Farah’s 10,000m gold, Isaac Makwala’s illness, the fall of Deborah John to the heartbreak of Usain Bolt’s final race, our photographer Tom Jenkins captured the icons, the atmosphere and all the action from the London Stadium

The first sight of Usain Bolt at these championships coincided with Justin Gatlin leaving the track after winning his 100m heat. Suddenly the boos for the pantomime villain – a twice convicted drugs cheat – dissolved, replaced by cheers of ‘Bolt, Bolt, Bolt’.

The Jamaican wanted to sign off with one final 100m title to add to his 11 world and eight Olympic golds but admitted he needed to repair his relationship with the blocks.

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