Gatlin shocks Bolt in 100m fi­nal

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Amer­i­can veteran Justin Gatlin was booed af­ter he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world ti­tle in Lon­don on Sat­ur­day and rain on the Ja­maican’s farewell race in the blue riband event.

Gatlin, who has served two dop­ing bans and won sil­vers be­hind Bolt at the last two world cham­pi­onships, clocked 9.92 sec­onds, with team­mate Chris­tian Cole­man win­ning sil­ver in 9.94sec.

Bolt suf­fered a dread­ful start and could only claim bronze in 9.95sec.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t end it on a win­ning note, but I want to thank you for your sup­port,” said Bolt, who em­braced Gatlin af­ter they streaked through the line with no clear vic­tor im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent.

“It’s been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence as al­ways.”

Gatlin was af­forded the same rough re­cep­tion as he had in the heats and semi­fi­nals, loud boos and jeer­ing ring­ing around the same sta­dium where in 2012 his ri­valry with Bolt was pre­sented as ‘good against evil’, given the Amer­i­can’s dop­ing­tainted past.

Usain Bolt (L) em­braces Justin Gatlin af­ter their race on Sat­ur­day in Lon­don

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