Bolt can still win one more race before retirement, as Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team will run for gold this Saturday.
In a tight finish, Bolt was punished for his slow start and Gatlin fought back to nip everyone at the line in 9.92 seconds.
It was not the fairy-tale ending sports fans wanted – Usain Bolt was beaten in the IAAF World Championships 100 metres final on Saturday. The 35-year-old American sparked a chorus of boos from a crowd unhappy with his doping past.
Retired British athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill also backed the call for life bans after receiving her World Championships gold medal upgrade from 2011.
The victory lap soon began with Usain Bolt being the centre of attraction.The Jamaican posed with spectators, obliged them with celebratory moves after the 100m race at the IAAFWorld Championships of Athletics. He responded by deploying his trademark “Lightning Bolt” celebration, much to the delight of all in attendance.
After that there will be no more and his sport will never be the same.
This certainly seems to be an interesting take on things, but there is no way Dhoni can even be compared to Bolt, who holds the record for the fastest timing on the planet in 100m.
While Bolt’s non-first place win in his last single 100 meters did not diminish his image as the hero of the hour, it did reinforce the reputation of victor Gatlin as the villain of the Jamaican’s story.
Promising prospect Christian Coleman claimed the silver medal with a 9.94-second run, but it was Bolt’s name that was nevertheless chanted when the results were confirmed on the big screen at London Stadium.
Gatlin was banned for eight years, avoiding a lifetime ban in exchange for his co-operation with doping authorities.
The answer is that the issue of his participation was not so prominent, when Bolt was beating him, and also that numerous spectators in 2012 would not have been aware of Gatlin’s past.
The age of Bolt is now over, but the baton has been passed not to a new generation but an American four years the Jamaican’s senior.