Boos, then ap­plause for Gatlin at medal cer­e­mony

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

Lon­don, UK - Ap­plause even­tu­ally drowned out the boos that greeted Amer­i­can Justin Gatlin when he re­ceived his gold medal for the 100m world ti­tle on Sun­day at the Lon­don Sta­dium.

The boo­ing, mixed with muted ap­plause, was re­placed by more en­thu­si­as­tic clap­ping as Gatlin, who had been jeered through­out the heats and then even more so when he was an­nounced the win­ner on Sat­ur­day, re­ceived his gold medal from Se­bas­tian Coe, the IAAF pres­i­dent.

It had looked omi­nous when deaf­en­ing roars rang out for Bolt as he stepped up for his bronze medal and then some boos greeted young Amer­i­can sil­ver medal­list Chris­tian Cole­man who looked slightly be­mused. The two Amer­i­cans then stood to­gether, wait­ing for Bolt, be­fore shak­ing hands with each other and walk­ing off down the tun­nel.

Dis­re­spect­ful to sport: Gatlin dad

The fa­ther of Gatlin said the boo­ing of his son is "dis­re­spect­ful to the sport". "He served his ban and he worked his heart out do­ing what he could," said Willie Gatlin.

Willie said he was not "up­set" by his son be­ing booed but added, "The fans boo­ing is dis­re­spect­ful to the sport. The sport has al­ways been here and is go­ing to be here af­ter he leaves."

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