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Usain Bolt Loses His Final 100m Race To Justin Gatlin

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The farewell party of sprint legend Usain Bolt at the 2017 World Championships was ruined by Justin Gatlin as he won the 100 meters title. The huge crowd that was there to witness Bolt’s last hurrah welcomed Gatlin’s win with a chorus of boos; they were not happy with the doping past of the 35 year old American sprinter.

The former Olympic and world champion, Gatlin, stumbled near the finish line at the 2015 world meet and lost to Bolt in the finals. This time it was different. Gatlin timed his run, the surge, and the dip to near perfection and won the 100 meters sprint in 9.92 seconds. Coleman finished second with a time of 9.94 seconds and Bolt took bronze with a time of 9.95 seconds.

Bolt’s Start Led To Defeat

The Jamaican sprint icon had a terrible start to the race. However unlike other times, Bolt could not erase the bad start and remained behind Coleman who was set to win but got pipped at the post by Gatlin.

The result made the full-capacity, charged-up crowd at the stadium fall almost silent. Bolt was however fine with the result. He stated that there were no regrets and that no matter what occurred, his career was always going to end. Winning, drawing, or losing would not have made any difference to the longevity of his career.

Gatlin, who was actually trailing Bolt at the halfway mark, was greeted with a cascade of loud boos throughout the stadium after the scoreboard displayed his winning time. Gatlin has served 2 doping bans and the crowd cast him as a villain who spoilt the farewell party of their hero Bolt. He however had a big smile on his face, sprawled on the ground, after the big win. He later bowed down to the legend that he was finally able to defeat; a feat that he had been unsuccessful at over so many tries.

Gatlin stated that he wanted to pay homage to Bolt. He continued that despite the loss of the crowd favorite, the night remained a magical one for Bolt and other athletes, and that he was just glad to be one of the main competitors on that night.

Silver medalist Coleman, who ran the first major run of his life, was also awed by his win over Bolt. He was shocked that he was able to defeat someone whom he looked up to during his growing years. He conceded that he was happy just being on the line with Bolt and the win was a bonus.

Bolt accepted the Bronze medal with grace and class. He also accepted that he chose the right time to retire at 30 years of age. He stated that he ran the race for his fans who wanted to see him for one last time and that he participated at the meet and did as best that he would.

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