Gatlin Beats ‘Lightning’ Bolt To Win 100m World Title, Jamaican Finishes 3rd In Farewell Race
American sprinter, Justlin Gatlin stole the show by spoiling Usain Bolt’s farewell script as he stole world 100m gold with the run of his long and controversial career.
Bolt was third, beaten to the silver medal by the young American Christian Coleman, who had also beaten him in the semi-final a couple of hours earlier. When the result flashed up on screen, the hush was replaced by booing and then denial. Everyone pretended Bolt had won anyway.
Even Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic men’s 100m champion, knelt before him in theatrical awe of his greatness. Gatlin shushed the crowd but he was roundly booed anyway and it was Bolt who was interviewed trackside and told that the whole stadium loved him. Gatlin celebrated alone.
After the race, the crowd kept being told that Bolt was the saviour of the sport but this was the worst possible outcome for a saviour. Not just to be beaten in a major final for the first time in ten years but to lose to Gatlin, the American who symbolizes everything that is wrong with athletics.