In a big and shocking coup, Usain Bolt was stunned by Gatlin today in 100 m world title race held at London. Bolt ended his farewell solo race with a bronze medal while the American duo Gatlin and Coleman bagged gold and silver respectively.
As so often before Bolt made a terrible start but for once could not make it up as Christian Coleman, the 21-year-old American who beat him in the semi-finals, looked set for victory.
But Gatlin, who stumbled at the death to lose the 2015 world final to Bolt by a hundredth of a second, on this occasion timed his surge and dip to perfection to win in 9.92 seconds.
Coleman, who has run over 40 races this year but turned professional only a few weeks ago, took silver in 9.94.
Bolt, straining every sinew, fought all the way to the line but the pace and grace that took him to his world record of 9.58 eight years ago has withered with age and perennial injury battles and this time he ran out of track.
“It’s just one of those things,” Bolt said. “My start is killing me. Normally, it gets better during the rounds but it didn’t come together.”
Although the result didn’t go down well either with the audience present over there or with the British media as the audience started booing at Gatlin once the result flashed onto the screen. Each one of the British media houses published this shocker news with their content beginning with a line condemning Gatlin of his controversial past.
The Telegraph published: “Usain Bolt beaten in last solo race as drug cheat Justin Gatlin gatecrashes world 100m final”
BBC quoted: “Justin Gatlin tore up Usain Bolt’s farewell script as he stole world 100m gold with the run of his long and controversial career.”
Gatlin said he was unmoved by boos. “Bolt has always pushed and inspired me to be the athlete I am today.” He further added.