Usain Bolt is World Championship legend
Usain Bolt has stormed to victory in the men’s 100m World Championship final beating Justin Gatlin in Beijing. The clash had been mired in doping controversies. While Bolt, 29, is held up as the poster boy for everything that is right with the sport, Gatling has already served two bans and is deeply unpopular amongst many fans. Gatling was first banned in 2001 after testing positive for a prohibited amphetamine. He subsequently argued it was medication he took for attention deficit disorder and was allowed to return to the sport after serving one year of a two year ban. He went on to win the 100m and 200m World titles in 2005 but then tested positive the next year for testosterone. He was handed an eight year ban but only served four. Normally athletes are banned for life for two positive doping tests and many argue he shouldn’t have been at the Championships at all. Bolt nearly had a disaster in the semi-finals after stumbling out of the blocks. Despite this he still won in a time of 9.96 seconds. Gatling, the bookies favourite coming
into the final, had an easier time winning in 9.77. How many times usain bolt has to prove he is the legend all i bredrin dem gatling ago win 25 races unbeaten yeah you of little faith that’s why we can’t go forward as a nation. Usain bolt ran a season’s best 9.79 seconds to win the title for a third time and beat his American rivals. Justin Gatlin, twice suspended for taking banned substances, has vowed to boycott the British media at what he say’s is biased reports of his clash with Usain Bolt in Beijing. Gatlin is understood to have shunned the three different interviewers from the BBC after the race. The sprinter believes he has been unfairly vilified by the British media, who he feels have focused disproportionately on his doping past. Normally athletes are banned for life for two positive doping tests and many argue he shouldn’t have been at the Championships at all. The US sprinter was first banned in 2002 after amphetamines were found in his system related to medication he had been taking for attention deficit disorder for 10 years. A two-year ban was later reduced to one. His second ban in 2006, initially eight years but later halved to four, was blamed on testosterone he claimed was rubbed into his buttocks by a masseur with a grudge. Since coming back to the track in 2010, the 2004 Olympic champion has gone faster and faster. Until his defeat by the legend Usain Bolt in the 100m final, Gatlin had gone 25 races unbeaten and at the age of 33 recorded a personal best of 9.74sec in Doha. He has insisted that it is unfair to call him a “two time doper” “I served my time. I did my punishment. I sat out four years and here I am, still getting punished for something that happened to me, literally, a decade ago.” When he was then asked whether he thought the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, would be relieved that Bolt had won he again replied: “I am thankful.” His questioner walked out in disgust. US athlete Justin Gatlin gives his reaction after winning the silver medal, 0.01 seconds behind Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. For his part, Gatlin may believe there is nothing more to be said on the subject and feels unfairly singled out given there were three other competitors in the final who had also served doping bans (the Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers, along with Bolt’s Jamaican team-mate Asafa Powell). Gatlin will clash again with Bolt in the 200m later this week, with the final on Thursday due to be just the second time they have raced over the distance. The Committee president, Thomas Bach, said last week he would favour lifetime bans but accepted they were not legally enforceable. “If you have an athlete who has served his suspension then he has the right to participate in championships,” he said.