The sporting public were denied a fairytale ending to Usain Bolt’s solo 100m career when American Justin Gatlin took gold in the World Championship final, and some found the outcome too galling to bare.
As some fumed over the sight of Galtin crossing the line, for others the result was not enough to dim the passing into legend of Usain Bolt. The Jamaican amassed 19 global gold medals, eight Olympic victories and 11 from the World Championships, and still has a chance to secure one more in the 4x100m relay before retirement.
“My start is killing me. Normally, it gets better during the rounds but it didn’t come together.”
“I tuned it out (the boos) through the rounds and stayed the course. I did what I had to do,” Gatlin said.
“The people who love me are here cheering for me and cheering at home.
“It is Bolt’s last race. I have had many victories and many defeats down the years. It is an amazing occasion. We are rivals on the track but in the warm-down area we joke and have a good time.
The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration.”