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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt beaten in 100m final

London, 06 August, (

The gold medal in the 100 meters at the world track and field championships went instead to Justin Gatlin, the 35-year-old American who has long been Bolt’s foil and who had not won a world 100 title since 2005. Gatlin has served two doping suspensions in his career, and the crowd booed him before the race.

The 35-year-old Gatlin, twice banned for doping, came through almost unnoticed in lane seven in 9.92 seconds, with Coleman's 9.94 holding off the greatest sprinter of all time.Bolt was left with only a bronze in his final individual 100m race..

"My start is killing me," Bolt said. "Normally it gets better during the rounds, but it didn't come together."

Gatlin knows what Bolt has meant to the sport, and he graciously bowed in admiration in front of him -- even after beating him. The two men, never really friends, warmly embraced and spoke.

"It's just so surreal right now," Gatlin said. "Usain has accomplished so much in our sport and inspired others."

When his victory sank in, Gatlin let out an almighty roar and then put a finger in front of his mouth for silence as the crowd continued to show him disrespect.

It was an amazing turnaround for Gatlin, who was the Olympic champion in 2004 before Bolt emerged and won an unprecedented three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics. Thirteen years later, Gatlin bounced back to win in the Jamaican's last individual race.

In between, Gatlin's career was stopped twice for doping suspensions. After fighting controversy all the way since, he got perhaps his greatest gold at 35.

"It was almost like 2004 all over again," Gatlin said. "I won by a little margin, and to be able to come across the line is amazing."

- Asian Tribune -

Justin Gatlin, left, won the 100 meters in a time of 9.92 seconds. Usain Bolt, far right, finished third in 9.95, a hundredth of a second behind the runner-up, Christian Coleman.
American Justin Gatlin, right, got the win, but Usain Bolt, left, got the adulation, as the Jamaican finished third in his final 100-meter race.
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