Day 2 of the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 was supposed to be remembered for Usain Bolt’s last hurrah on the track.
Everyone waited for the ‘fastest man on the planet’ to sign off his final individual race in his trademark style.
However, the competition in the Championships was tough and the semi-final showed chinks in Bolt’s armour.
Bolt had always managed to revel in a challenge and nothing else was expected from him this time either.
But, fate had other plans as Bolt was defeated in the 100 metres event, losing to Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman to finish with a bronze.
Though he came third in the race, Bolt received the maximum cheers from a capacity crowd who rallied behind the athlete to give him the near-perfect send-off he deserved.
Gatlin’s victory was left unheralded especially considering his involvement in doping scandals.
Though the image of Gatlin bowing to Usain Bolt after the race showed the sporting spirit in the 35-year-old American runner, his victory was sidelined by one of the biggest upsets in track and field history.
The race received a lot of attention and Twitterati poured out their reactions over the heart-breaking loss and reminded Justin Gatlin of his checkered past.
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) August 5, 2017
— Max Whitlock MBE (@maxwhitlock1) August 5, 2017
While Usain Bolt was being celebrated unequivocally, Twitterati slammed the 100 metres winner Gatlin
— Karen Pickering MBE (@Karen_Pickering) August 5, 2017
Gatlin did have his share of supporters who believed his past has got nothing to do with his performance in Saturday’s race
When the World Boos you…
You Give them a “Justin Gatlin”
You run your race and win it… pic.twitter.com/TAyjYxYpv2
— Kelechi Nkoro (@K1Says) August 5, 2017
This record showed what Bolt meant to athletics
Irrespective of how the curtains were drawn on his illustrious career, Bolt will always be the GOAT.
@usainbolt thank u for all the adrenaline speed and inspiration.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 5, 2017
Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 01:11 pm | Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017 01:11 pm