Sunday, 6 August 2017

Usain Bolt's loss to Justin Gatlin 'very awkward' for athletics

Olympic silver medallist Roger Black has described Usain Bolt losing his final 100m race to convicted drugs cheat Justin Gatlin as "very awkward" for athletics.
The script was scrapped when Gatlin beat the legendary Jamaican to win gold at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday night.

A packed crowd at the London Stadium booed Gatlin before the race, but were quietened when he crossed the line in 9.92 seconds.

Black told Sky News there was a strong sense of "disappointment, disillusion, and really disbelief by the crowd" and that it was a "difficult, awkward moment" for the sport.

"The one thing the sport didn't want was Justin Gatlin, a convicted drugs cheat, twice in the sport, to end Usain Bolt's career by beating him," said Black, who won fifteen medals for Great Britain during his athletics career.

"In many ways Usain Bolt has carried the sport over the last few years throughout the whole drug issue that's been going on.

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"This won't really affect Usain Bolt, he's still the greatest of all time.

"There will be a degree of respect from Usain Bolt for Gatlin as a competitor. The bigger issue is for the sport."
Bolt is an eight-time Olympic gold medallist and eleven-time World Champion.

He also holds the world record for the 100m sprint of 9.58 seconds, which he ran in Berlin in 2009.

Bolt himself was more forgiving of Gatlin's transgressions.

"He's done his time," he said after the race. "I know that if I don't show up, he's always going to win - and tonight he showed up. He was the better man tonight."

SKY    News.