London: Justin Gatlin said it was sad that fans booed his victory in the world 100M final on Saturday, saying he had “done my time” for his doping offences — and Usain Bolt, the man he beat into third place, agreed with him.
Gatlin took the title in 9.92, but instead of acclaiming the remarkable success of a 35-year-old triumphing 13 years after he won the Olympic title, vast swathes of the crowd booed him in response to his two bans for drugs offences earlier in his career.
“It’s kinda sad that my boos were louder than some of the others’ cheers,” said Gatlin.
“I wanted to keep it classy and at the end of the race bend the knee to Usain. Pay homage to him. This night is still a magical night for track and field and for Usain Bolt. He’s done so much in his career.”
“I wasn’t booed in 2010, 2011, 2012, 13, 14 or 15. And, now I’m. I’m a runner and back in the sport. I’ve done my time, I’ve done community service. I’ve talked to kids, I inspire kids. That’s all I can do,” the American added.