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LONDON — Usain Bolt was unable to end his illustrious career with yet another individual gold, finishing third as Justin Gatlin triumphed in the IAAF World Championships 100 meters final on Saturday. "I'm just sad that I couldn't come out and really deliver as I wanted to.
The iconic Jamaican had to settle for bronze despite matching his season's best of 9.95 seconds as his long-time American rival Gatlin denied him a final slice of individual glory by three hundredths of a second. "I was a little bit stressed, but I [said I was going to] come out here and take it like every other championship.
The sprints will feature Bolt, the triple world record-holder, racing toward history against Brooklyn-born Justin Gatlin, a former gold medalist banned for drugs and now looking to reclaim his crown.
Bolt and Gatlin have been the face of sprinting for a dozen years, and they’ll be the face of the Olympics for the next few days. After winning the 100-meter gold at the 2004 Olympics, Gatlin eventually got hit with a four-year doping ban.
Even me being older than him, he's such an inspiration for me.
"(The crowd reception) was wonderful - I never expected this," said Bolt. "London - I really appreciate the support you have given me.
"We joke around, we've actually gone to parties together and we just keep it low key.
It's a gentleman's rivalry and I have nothing by respect for him.
"Usain said: 'Congratulations, you deserve it.' And that's from the man himself.
Controversial American Justin Gatlin has rained on Usain Bolt's farewell parade by beating the Jamaican super sprinter in the men's 100m final at the athletics world championships in London.