Jamaican sprint superstar, Usain Bolt, won bronze in the final individual race of his legendary career, finishing in 9.95 seconds to place third in the men's 100m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. Speaking after the race, Bolt said he gave it his best. “I just didn't have it,”
“I tightened up at the end and that is something you should never do. I didn't execute when it mattered.
“I am not fully comfortable in those blocks but you have to work with what you have. I can't complain about that.
“He [Gatlin] is a great competitor. You have to be at your best against him. I really appreciate competing against him and he is a good person.”
Despite struggling for fitness and form in his valedictory season, Bolt had still been favourite to secure his 20th global gold.
It was supposed to be Gatlin's year in 2015, when the American went to the World Championships in Beijing on the back of a 28-race unbeaten run.
Bolt produced his great miracle to beat him that night in the Bird's Nest, but in the stadium where he won 100m Olympic gold in 2012, he could not provide the perfect ending to a perfect career.
Bolt had another poor start, with his reaction time of 0.183 seconds the slowest in the field and 0.05 down on Gatlin.
With Coleman out fastest, he was always chasing, yet while we have grown used to seeing him first close down the more explosive starters and then pull away from them, this time the old magic was not there when he called upon it.
Bolt, 30, had never previously lost a World Championships 100m final he had started, with the one blemish on his record being his false start in Daegu in 2011.
A number of persons at the event were booing Gatlin despite his win. Despite losing to Bolt Gatlin still bowed to him to show immense respect to the legend.