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Gatlin sad at media sensation of rivalry with Bolt

Gatlin sad at media sensation of rivalry with Bolt

During the IAAF World Championships this August, American sprinter Justin Gatlin took first place in the 100m event, beating sprint phenom Usain Bolt.

The crowd at the stadium was stunned at the sight of Bolt being beaten in the 100m final not only by Gatlin but also by another American, Christian Coleman, who grabbed the silver.

The Jamaican great is looking for one more gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the world championships.

There was supposed to be only one, the 4 x 100 metres relay final on Saturday night, but Bolt has offered us an extra treat by opting to run the heats too earlier that morning. It was slightly different for Bolt, a global star who is inarguably the greatest male sprinter of all time. So Bolt was rewarded with about $30,000 for his haul of three gold medals that year. I am determined to get those records and those medals back into the hands of their rightful owners. Quite unlike the sprint races, it gives ample scope to enact the "us against him" battles.

The two legends took a photo together which was shared by Bolt on social media on Wednesday, attracting hundreds of likes, shares and comments.

This comes eight months after the JAAA abstained from a vote on a number of reform issues which included several anti-doping elements geared at lifting athletics from a series of major corruption and credibility scandals, which deeply involved evidence of State-sponsored doping by Russian athletes.

Nehemiah, who won the 1984 Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, said Coe and the IAAF should be more gracious and accept their rules allowed athletes like Gatlin to get a chance at redeeming themselves.

Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita ran a collective time of 42.19 seconds to finish behind gold-winners USA.




Richards, however, complained that his race had been undermined when he slipped coming out of his blocks.

Even as he posed for all the selfies afterwards, demonstrating a grace and sportsmanship that proved him just as big a victor in rare defeat, it still felt wrong, a desperately downbeat way to depart for a sportsman who has brought so much joy to all. "I lost the race to a great competitor".

They will line up against the US, Jamaica, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil in the final.

Great Britain - with Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and CJ Ujah - qualified second behind the United States of America in 37.76secs in the first heat with Talbot hunting a medal.

Growing up in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica - a village in the rugged and remote interior of the Caribbean island - he spent his time playing soccer and cricket until his first coach, Pablo McNeil, saw his talent and started coaching him in running. No sign of any cushion for him just yet and who knows what might be hidden in it.

Jamaica now leads the Caribbean with three medals -two bronze and one gold, while Cuba, The Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago have one each. So far this season, the battle seems to be between the Tallawahs, The St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots and the Knight Riders.

But the real battle continues to be between the Riders and the Tallawahs.