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Usain Bolt loses out to Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in 100m final at world athletics championships

Bolt, straining every sinew, fought all the way to the line but the pace and grace that took him to his world record of 9.58 eight years ago has withered with age and perennial injury battles and this time he ran out of track.

“It’s just one of those things,” Bolt said. “My start is killing me. Normally, it gets better during the rounds but it didn’t come together.”

When the results flashed up on the giant screen the crowd immediately began repeating the booing with which Gatlin’s name had been greeted since the heats on Saturday.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, his first response was to put his finger to his lips to indicate silence.

The crowd responded instead by chanting Bolt’s name.

“I tuned it out (the boos) through the rounds and stayed the course. I did what I had to do,” Gatlin said.

“The people who love me are here cheering for me and cheering at home”

“It is Bolt’s last race. I have had many victories and many defeats down the years. It is an amazing occasion. We are rivals on the track but in the warm-down area we joke and have a good time. The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration.”

Bolt is not quite finished yet and will go in the 4x100m relay next week — as will Gatlin

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