By Chineze Ogugua
It is no news that Justin Gatlin is the reigning 100m champion after he dethroned legend Usain Bolt at the IAAF World Championship at London returning at a time of 9.92,4 secs more than Bolt at 9.96 in third.
The 35-year-old was jeered on to the top of podium on his return to the London Stadium on Sunday evening to be presented with his World Championships gold medal by Lord Coe.
Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, blew a kiss to the crowd and clasped his hands together as he received his medal from world athletics chief Coe, who hours earlier had branded his triumph “not the perfect script”.
A proud father of Justin, William Gatlin lambasted the London fans… labelling them as disrespectful.
“The fans booing is disrespectful to the sport. The sport has always been here and is going to be here after he leaves. He created a memory that is going to be in people’s minds a long time.
“He served his ban and he worked his heart out doing what he could,” he added.
“He wasn’t just lying around. He worked to come back to the sport and he worked his way back to championship form.
“For the youngsters coming up, he is trying to help to tutor and help to be good, clean athletes. He is trying to teach good character and good sportsmanship about themselves.
“I don’t think he has regrets, it is a lesson learned. Everything happens for a reason and it gives you teaching moments. We have been through it all and we bear it all.”
It was Usain Bolt’s last race of his career, where he came in closely third for a bronze medal.
This was the fastest by Gatlin though, since returning from his ban.