America’s Justin Gatlin revealed the classy words that came from Usain Bolt following his defeat in Saturday night’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championship.
To the dismay of the audience, Bolt came in third place after the two US sprinters, Gatlin and Christian Coleman, edged in front of the ‘fastest human in the world’.
After the race, which Gatlin ran in 9.92 seconds, the U.S athlete was booed, likely due to him being found guilty of doping twice in the past, with many considering him a ‘drug cheat’.
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Usain Bolt, even in sprinting, is a team player and he backed his fellow athlete with some classy words and a hug after the race.
35-year-old Gatlin revealed:
We’re rivals on the track and we’ve had a rivalry on the track throughout the years but in the warm-up area we were joking and having a good time and he said to me ‘congratulations, you work hard for this, and you don’t deserve all these boos.’
Usain has accomplished so much in our sport and inspired others like Coleman to come out and compete in the championships.
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.
Unfortunately Bolt’s slow start meant that he won’t be able to finish his career with a gold medal.
Speaking about his loss, Bolt said:
My start is killing me. Normally it gets better during the rounds but it didn’t come together. And that is what killed me. I felt it was there.
It was rough. 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.
Though I think he probably has enough to be going on with.
Bolt will be back on the track next week to compete as part of Jamaica’s relay team.