Bolt beaten: Gatlin crashes Jamaican’s final 100m party

By John Salvado,


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    Controversial American Justin Gatlin has rained on Usain Bolt’s parade by beating the Jamaican super sprinter in the men’s 100m at the athletics world championships in London.

    Gatlin – who has served two doping bans – claimed the gold in 9.92 seconds.

    Fellow American and fastest qualifier Christian Coleman was second in 9.94 and Bolt was third in 9.95.

    It was the final individual race for the 30-year-old Jamaican at an Olympics or world championships.

    Apart from a false start in the world 100m final six years ago in Daegu, Bolt had been unbeaten in 100m and 200m finals at global championships dating back to 2008.

    Gatlin had gone closer than anyone to ending that streak at the 2015 world titles in Beijing, when he was edged out by one hundredth of a second in the 100m decider.

    On Saturday night, the 2004 Olympic champ finally got his man.

    NCAA champion Coleman was expected to provide the stiffest challenge to Bolt, but it was the 35-year-old Gatlin who caused the boilover.

    Gatrlin had been booed by the capacity crowd before the race, but Bolt was quick to embrace the American in the aftermath.

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    • August 6th 2017 @ 7:15pm
      Mark L said | August 6th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

      Below is the link to an interesting read that casts the Gatlin situation in a different light to the “evil 2-time drug cheat” that the media and some commentators like to promote.

      I’m left feeling somewhat uneasy about the strict liability that applies to positive tests of banned substances and the ease at which athletes are labeled cheats without taking into account any mitigating circumstances.

      • August 7th 2017 @ 8:15am
        jameswm said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

        Haven’t read the story but I know the first time he got busted was very unlucky. He was at College taking very normal medication and his coaches forgot to apply for the TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).

        The 2nd was different though.

        And we have no idea who of the others has taken anything illegal, including the great man himself.

        • August 7th 2017 @ 8:35am
          jameswm said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:35am | ! Report

          There you go, the 1st offence related to ADD medication.

    • August 7th 2017 @ 10:09am
      GD66 said | August 7th 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

      Good to read that, I recalled the first instance was tenuous. If Gatlin is on the startline, he has obviously complied with the rules that are in place: to generalise, if you’ve done the crime and done the time, surely you are entitled to comply with the rules and try again. Aged 35, it’s a massive effort, and the ill-informed London crowd’s booing was an appalling reaction. Well-run, and well-won.

      • August 7th 2017 @ 2:17pm
        Torchbearer said | August 7th 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

        It depends if the ‘crime’ gave you a life long advantage….

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