Usain Bolt Loses Final Race to Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt Loses Final Race to Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt says he’s run his last race as a professional sprinter.

Bolt currently holds the world record for fastest 100m and 200m spring. He set a record running at 27.8 miles per hour in the final 100 meters sprint of the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, breaking a previous record that he had set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics while running with his shoes untied. He also claims he was eating chicken nuggets the night before the race. Bolt went unbeaten in three Olympics before this past Saturday, when he ran his final race and came in third.

First place went to controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin. Gatlin has a checkered history; while he’s an impressive athlete, he also has several doping suspensions on his record.

For Gatlin, it was a story of redemption, but others see it as a cheater beating a phenomenon. The intricacies of all this were not lost on Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, who sat down to talk with BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek about the race:

“Sport rarely settles upon the perfect script. Life’s just not like that. It’s not the worst result ever. “I’m hardly going to sit here and tell you I’m eulogistic that somebody that has served two bans in our sport would walk off with one of our glittering prizes, but he is eligible to be here… as Usain Bolt said to him last night – ‘you have worked hard for what you have achieved’.”

For the moment, Usain Bolt remains the fastest man alive.

“I want my kids to see my records when they’re 15 and 20 and I can say ‘you see, I’m still the best.” –Usain Bolt