Bowie and Gatlin disrupt Jamaica's prolonged sprint dominance

Bowie and Gatlin disrupt Jamaica's prolonged sprint dominance

But if there is any doubt how badly he wants to close his account with a gold medal, one only needs to consider that today's leg will be Bolt's first in the heats at a major global senior championships. Now, for the rest of his life, he'll be thinking himself foolish for not doing so.

This is a man who brings so much pomp and ceremony with him to track meets that he could be confused with a royal.

Bolt will anchor Jamaica in the heats.

No one is ideal, it is argued, and although Gatlin has received two suspensions for failed drugs tests, people point to the circumstances around his first ban, and giving him another chance after his second.

Unlike any other superstar sprinter, unlike Carl Lewis or Michael Johnson, after winning a race, the drama has just begun for Bolt as he stops for every selfie, holding his now famous and iconic pose for every photographer.

Maybe so, but when he asks the crowd where Bolt is, in between booing, they'll say 'he's behind you.' Two places behind you. When he blazed his way to a 100m gold medal in the Beijing Olympics with a new world record that night, he started a decade of dominance that is unrivalled in the history of track and field. Bolt won a bronze in the 100 m race earlier at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in London, which will have the flawless stage set for an emotional farewell with several fans cheering for the champion. Bolt never has tested positive.

Acknowledging Bolt's greatness, Gatlin kneeled and bowed to his longtime adversary moments after the race.

Bowie and Gatlin disrupt Jamaica's prolonged sprint dominance

Indeed, it's noteworthy that Yohan Blake also ran in this fateful race, coming in fourth.

Frankly, Carl Lewis is the last sprinter who I am absolutely convinced won this event drug free. The Brit is in line for his fifth consecutive 5,000m/10,000m double across two Olympics and three World Championships, after which he will move from track-racing to road-racing. It's too bad that, far from being the fun and lovable guy Bolt always was, Lewis was always an arrogant and surly jerk. I think we have introduced him as a villain.

I HAVE enjoyed watching the best athletes in the world return to London these past few days, in a little reminder of that great summer of sport in 2012.

Policing drugs in professional sports is not only Orwellian; it's utterly futile.

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. "It's ridiculous. Who cares?"

Other commentaries like "Jones Admits Using Steroids: Why Marion, Why...?" Gatlin had been banned for one year and four years respectively for dope-related offences.

International Olympic Committee strips Bolt of gold...

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