US athlete Justin Gatlin smiles before their heat of the men's 4x100m relay athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 12, 2017. Pic/AFP
A sentimental Justin Gatlin hailed Usain Bolt as an "amazing showman" whose career would certainly not be defined by him pulling up with cramp in the world 4x100m relay, the Jamaican's final competitive race.
"This is farewell time, I am sentimental about it already now," said Gatlin, who stormed to 100m gold in London, US teammate Christian Coleman taking silver to relegate Bolt to a disappointing bronze in his individual send-off. "Usain Bolt is a great athlete. You can't let this championships define what he's done in the past. He has done amazing things. He's still the man, you know. The was his farewell race and we wish him the best and hope he recovers soon."
Referring to Bolt's mooted future ambassadorial role within athletics' world governing body the IAAF, Gatlin added: "He's coming back in a couple of years. He'll be ready, he has a passion for the sport. "He loves the fans and they love him. He loves the sport too much to walk away. He's a showman."
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