Brian O’Driscoll, James Haskell & more react as global superstar hangs up his boots
Justin Gatlin won his second world 100m title 12 years after his first to ruin eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s final individual race.
Bolt, who retires after next week’s 4x100m relay, was third behind American Gatlin, who clocked 9.92 seconds, and Christian Coleman (9.94).
Gatlin – banned twice for doping – was booed before the race and celebrated wildly, holding his hands to his ears.
Here’s how the rugby world reacted…
Gutted for Bolt – legend & GOAT. Hurts that a 2x drug cheat beats him in his farewell – fairytale not to be. Bolt has kept athletics alive.
— Rory Lawson (@rorylawson9) August 5, 2017
— Matthew Kvesic (@mattkvesic) August 5, 2017
— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) August 5, 2017
Dear Usain Bolt,
If I was able to give you a standing ovation I would! You’ve given us so many memories.
A true superhero!
— Henry Fraser (@henryfraser0) August 5, 2017
Take a bow @usainbolt what a career
— James Haskell (@jameshaskell) August 5, 2017
— Mike Brown (@mikebrown_15) August 5, 2017
Lots of legends, players and fans were upset with the winner…
Well that guarantees Gatlin will be hated forever.
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) August 5, 2017
Fuming that Gatlin won! Shouldn’t even be racing!
— Freddie Burns (@FreddieBurns) August 5, 2017
Ironically, Gatlin winning is a bitter pill to swallow#WorldAthletics
— Graham Love (@GLove39) August 5, 2017
The cheat!!!! Nooooooooo…..
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) August 5, 2017
— Austin Healey (@IamAustinHealey) August 5, 2017
I bet Gatlin is dreading getting the medal
Hell get his ass booed for the whole US anthem
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) August 5, 2017