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SHOCKER! - USAIN BOLT RELEGATED TO BRONZE

Usain 'Lightning' Bolt finished third in the 100m finals of the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman both representing the United States of America while Yohan Blake, Bolt's compatriot, ended up in fourth place.

The Jamaican sprinter came out for one last individual meet in his success-laden career on the tracks. What was expected to be a razzmatazz and a Usain-Bolt-extravaganza turned out a rather humbling event and a shocker for lovers of athletics and indeed for the lightning Bolt himself.
The sporting world arguably, after Leicester won the English Premiership Title, has not witnessed a bigger shock in recent times until what happened in London on 5th of August, 2017. Fans ended up booing the winner and new 100m world champion - Justin Gatlin - expressing utter dismay.

Perspectives on the 100m finals were expressed in different ways - 
World champion Justin Gatlin: "I tuned it out [the booing] through the rounds and stayed the course. I did what I had to do. The people who love me are here cheering for me and cheering at home.
"It is Bolt's last race. It is an amazing occasion. We are rivals on the track but in the warm-down area, we joke and have a good time. The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn't deserve the boos. He is an inspiration."

Bronze medallist Usain Bolt: "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."
Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson: "I thought Bolt would be challenged by Coleman not by Gatlin. Bolt was under pressure. He has never really had a great start. He wasn't able to close the gap.

"He is grimacing and that is something we have not seen before. You will not find that look in all the archives of Usain Bolt."

With this 'forensic' observation of Michael Johnson, one would expect to hear more from this unceremonious exit of Usain Bolt.
It is logical to be sympathetic to Bolt's 'successful misfortune' and for the Jamaican's retroactive loss of an Olympic gold medal thus depriving him of an invisible 3-in-3 status.

While some said he should have retired when the ovation was loudest, some said he showed the true marks of a legend and a champion through and through by competing even when he palpably wasn't at his best.

Whichever side of the divide you're on, it is unarguable that the former world's fastest man remains the greatest sprinter to grace the athletic tracks.

Even though he bowed out in a less glamorous fashion, he can still parade himself as a colossus who has earned for himself an unparalleled place in athletics and in deed sporting history and in the hearts of all sport lovers.

The man, the legend, whose tale will be told for generations can rightly say with his head held high that - He came, He ran and He conquered - He is the only Usain 'Lightning' Bolt.

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