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American and Usain Bolt receive medals before start of evening session

American and Usain Bolt receive medals before start of evening session

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It was supposed to be a moment of unbridled celebration, a glittering farewell to the man who has been a totem for all that is good about athletics amid a miserable chain of corruption and doping scandals. But boos rang out inside the London Stadium as Justin Gatlin, a twice-convicted drugs cheat, stood atop the podium where most expected Usain Bolt would be.

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The reaction of the crowd was not as raw as it had been the previous evening, when Gatlin’s shock 100m victory rendered most momentarily silent before a chorus of boos took hold. An additional day had calmed passions but athletics again finds its showpiece event eclipsed by debate over drugs cheats.

Whyte Daniel

August 6th, 2017

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