‘Start killed me’

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Usain Bolt was left ru­ing a dis­as­trous start as his fail­ure to fire saw Amer­i­can arch-ri­val Justin Gatlin poop what was sup­posed to be a party in his fi­nal 100m race at the world cham­pi­onships on Sat­ur­day. "My start is killing me," said Bolt.

"Nor­mally it gets bet­ter dur­ing the rounds, but it didn't come to­gether. And that is what killed me. I felt it was there."

Bolt had com­plained about the start­ing blocks in Fri­day's first round, and left him­self too much to do af­ter find­ing him­self be­hind Cole­man.

"It was rough," he said. "I was a lit­tle bit stressed. But I came out like at any other cham­pi­onships and I did my best. Thanks for the sup­port. I could never ex­pect this from any other crowd. They are what pushed me to do my best.

"The at­mos­phere was won­der­ful. I knew they would come out. I'm just dis­ap­pointed I couldn't do bet­ter for them but that's how it goes some­times."

There were no tears on Sat­ur­day de­spite suf­fer­ing a shock de­feat in his last ap­pear­ance in an in­di­vid­ual sprint.

But his leg­end re­mains in­tact. He won the 100m at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as the 200m in those same years.

Bolt was also 100m world cham­pion in 2009, 2013 and 2015; 200m cham­pion in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

For good mea­sure, he set the 100m world record of 9.58sec in 2009 and the 200m best of 19.19sec in the same year.

Gatlin said, "It's just so sur­real right now - I jumped in the crowd and went wild."

He added, "Usain said, ' Con­grat­u­la­tions, you de­serve it.' And that's from the man him­self. He knows how hard I work. Tonight was all about the W (win) and I man­aged to sneak it."

"I thought of all the things I would do if I won, and I didn't do any of that. It was al­most like 2004 all over again."

It was in 2004 when Gatlin won the Olympic 100m ti­tle be­fore go­ing on to claim a world sprint dou­ble in 2005 and then fall­ing foul of dop­ing laws.

I was a lit­tle bit stressed. But I came out like at any other cham­pi­onships and I did my best Usain Bolt

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