Usain Bolt In Tears As Gatlin Got His Last Chance
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America’s Justin Gatlin has got his last chance against Jamaican’s Usain Bolt after struggling for 12 years to defeat the Eleven-time World Championship men’s 100m gold medallist.
It would be recalled that Gatlin lost his title to a bitter rival, Bolt in 2005 and has since then, struggled to get it back but to no avail.
Gatlin took his last chance to defeat Bolt whose 9.95secs race equalled his best effort of 2017.
Gatlin won his second world 100m title – 12 years after his first – to ruin 12-time Olympic champion Bolt’s final individual race, at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.
Bolt, who retires after next week’s 4x100m relay, had no answer and was third behind Gatlin, who clocked 9.92secs and Christian Coleman (9.94secs).
This is the first time the 30-year-old world record holder, lost a final race in his entire career.
However, he now has the 4x100m final to leave the stage while the ovation is still loud to finally celebrate his retirement from the sport.
Bolt told BBC Sport, “I tightened up at the end and that is something you should never do. I didn’t execute when it mattered.
"I am not fully comfortable in those blocks but you have to work with what you have. I can’t complain about that. He (Gatlin) is a great competitor. You have to be at your best against him. I really appreciate competing against him and he is a good person.”
“I tuned it out [the booing] through the rounds and stayed the course. I did what I had to do. The people who love me are here cheering for me and cheering at home.
Also, speaking, Gatlin said “It is Bolt’s last race. It is an amazing occasion. We are rivals on the track but in the warm-down area, we joke and have a good time. The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration.”