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Bolt's swansong ends with a bronze medal in London

06 Agosto 2017, 11:34 | Cornelio Vivanco

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"It is Bolt's last race".

But he admitted disappointment that the fairytale ending Bolt planned didn't go according to script, with Justin Gatlin taking gold and the eight-time Olympic champion settling for bronze.

But Bolt is no stranger to drawing on his God-like stamina to party on late into the early hours.

"It's just so surreal right now", Gatlin said.

The reality: The Warriors somehow managed to throw away their healthy advantage, becoming the first team in NBA history to squander a 3-1 lead in the Finals.

Bolt came third, behind 21-year-old American Christian Coleman, whose compatriot Gatlin was booed by the crowd for his win inside the London Stadium. Bolt finished 0.01 seconds back, in 9.95 seconds.

"No regrets", Bolt insisted. "It doesn't change anything in my career". The cameras panned to Bolt, looking nervously at the screen.

"Usain has accomplished so much in our sport".

"He said, 'You don't deserve the boos' and I thanked him for inspiring me throughout my career". From gun to beam, he focused on getting his act together as perfectly as possible.

For all that, the doubts will remain but it is apparent that he has come to terms with that and focusses on expressing himself on track the best way he can. #FriendshipDay is trending on twitter.

That had been his sole championship 'defeat' coming in here, and he'd won a sprint triple at every major championship since, including last summer's Rio Olympics. "I wasn't focused on the boos, I wasn't thinking about whether my win tonight was a disaster for the sport", he said. America's Chris Coleman finished second with 9.94 seconds on the clock.

It's also the first time Bolt has ever taken home bronze in the 100- or 200-meter event (he placed second in the 200 meters in 2007).

"There were a lot of things that could have gone wrong and they just didn't", the 32-year-old Merritt said.

"200m? It probably would've been worse!" I have had many victories and many defeats down the years.

Gatlin, 35, will receive his gold medal in the second session on Sunday at 1750 GMT.

Coe is still open to the use of lifetime bans for athletes found guilty of doping, but believes legal issues will continue to thwart their implementation. On Friday night in the first round, the stadium MC had noted amid all the cat-calling that the pantomime season was Christmas not in August. As he knelt down in tears on the track, 56,000 voices jeered him unmercifully.

"At the end of the day, we pushed each other". Berlin, where a year after those Olympics, he set another two World Records at the World Championships in 2009, also has its own chapter in the annals.

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