I don’t consider myself a sporty person but I do enjoy watching the Olympics, World Championships and the NBA.
Now I believe you have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the legend that is Usain Bolt. He came on the world scene a decade ago and won every race he took part in. He also famously announced that he would retire after the 2017 World Championship Games.
One of the things that taints sports is doping and drug bans and this is more common in athletics. In comes Justin Gatlin, an amazing American sprinter that had been banned twice for failing his drug tests.
The media latched onto this and created some sort of ‘good versus evil’ storyline for Bolt and Gatlin. The thing is Bolt had bested Gatlin in all their meetings. But all fairytale endings don’t leave a smile on your face. People expected Bolt to be vulnerable in his final individual race because there were younger sprinters running faster.
That was not to be as Justin and the new comer went on to beat Bolt. Now the audience is entitled to their opinions and they let their opinions show in the loud booing that engulfed the stadium.
Two Things –
– I felt Justin did not deserve the boos yesterday. He ran a better race and beat Bolt.
– The IAAF are to blame because they allow banned athletes to return after they have served their suspension.
– I know I said two things but there were people on that field that had also failed drug tests but they were not booed.
Coming third will in no way tarnish Bolt’s legacy. Nothing can at this moment. But what was bittersweet was the fact that Bolt had done everything in the sport except lose, and that he did yesterday to end his amazing sporting career.
He will be missed…