Shock result in London
Bolt beaten as jeers greet conqueror Gatlin
Jeers echoed around the London Stadium tonight as athletics golden boy Usain Bolt was dethroned by one of the sport’s drug cheats.
The world’s fastest man, competing for the final time, was not quick enough to win the 100m final in the World Athletics Championships.
In a cruel twist of irony, one of the world’s greatest sporting ambassadors was beaten by the twice-banned Justin Gatlin of the US who was greeted to a chorus of booing from the packed crowd who had come to see their hero sign off with another victory.
He was also jeered as he was presented with his gold medal on the podium.
Eight times Olympic champion Bolt had to settle for bronze as Gatlin’s fellow American Christian Coleman grabbed second spot.
Coleman had been the more likely challenger to the Jamaican who appeared to struggle to pick up speed over the first 20 metres. Bolt had complained in an earlier round of disliking the starting blocks.
Bolt came in at 9.95 seconds, unable to catch his rivals as he has done on in the past. Gatlin won in 9.92, with Coleman clocking 9.94.
Party pooper Gatlin reacted to his win with a defiant finger to his lips. But perhaps accepting the need to show some humility and respect he then kneeled and bowed down to Bolt who embraced his victor with a hug.
Bolt was greeted by cheers as he completed a lap of honour before an adoring crowd in a stadium where he made his name.
Afterwards he said: “It was rough. But I came out and I did my best.”