D’S fastest man Usain Bolt reflected on the toughest race of his glittering career after pipping drug cheat Justin Gatlin to 100m gold at the World Athletics Championship yesterday.
Six-time Olympic champion Bolt put recent injury problems behind him to beat Gatlin by a hundredth of a second in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium – the American’s first defeat in 29 races. The Jamaican’s win was seen as a timely triumph for the sport, whose credibility has been undermined by a series of doping allegations and the success of Gatlin, who has served two bans.
“I definitely think this was my hardest race. I’ve been through a lot this season, it’s been rough,” said the Jamaican, who will line up against Gatlin in the 200m this week. “Coming back from injury I’ve had a lot of doubters, it’s been a tough road, so for me to come to the championships and defend my title is a good feeling.”
Gatlin, 33, led until the final stages after Bolt, 33, had almost tripped out of the blocks.
“In those five metres I let things get away from me,” he said. “It cost me the race.”