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Bolt loses world race; still fan favorite

13 August 2017

But that is only partly true of course. He is an enigma who starts and ends a race in an unusual electrifying fashion.

The Voice joins others as we salute the Hon.

"I stayed very focused, after all that I managed to win, it's incredible, Usain has so much contributed to our sport, we are so inspired, and to be here at this point of my career is huge".

Of course, my August 3 commentary makes clear that I thought upstart Canadian sprinter Andre DeGrasse was the only person who could upstage Bolt on this putatively ceremonial occasion. "We've been battling for years and he finally got one (gold); yes it's at the end of my career but I have to show respect and where respect is due", added the Jamaican, who insisted his legacy remains intact. "I'm not in shape to run 200 meters right now". "I don't think it gets any worse than that", he said, referring to the problems in Russian Federation.

If everything goes according to plan and no batons are dropped, it will also mark the final duel between Bolt and American rival Justin Gatlin, who beat the Jamaican in the 100m final last weekend. In a spirit of forgiveness an arbitration panel gave Gatlin the opportunity to compete again.

Because of the former doping charges, Gatlin was roundly booed by the fans at the London world competition throughout the trials and finals.

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The United States, with Gatlin running the second leg, won the first heat in a world-leading time of 37.70 seconds.

Going into the 100m finals in Beijing, Bolt had already run two races with times of 9.92s and 9.85s, but in the finals, even after slowing down to celebrate across the finish line, he finished in a winning time of 9.69 seconds, breaking his previous world record set earlier in New York City.

The Beeb was more distraught than Bolt who spent forever saying his goodbyes while little mention was made of the bad man who had won.

You didn't need a degree in body language to see that Sebastian (now Lord) Coe approached shaking 100 metres victor Justin Gatlin's hand at the world championship medal ceremony in London with all the enthusiasm of a man about to have a rotting haddock slapped into his palm. "I did what I had to do".

But could fans handle it if we found, for example, that as charming as Bolt, the best known and most popular athlete in the world, is, he was no better than the majority of his Jamaican team-mates when it came to using drugs? It was his last race before hanging up his running shoes for good. It might also remind them that the future is not looking so glorious.

But hopes were high for Bolt's final competitive race, with Jamaica also boasting newly-crowned 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake in their line-up.

Bolt loses world race; still fan favorite