The controversial American sprinter and recent 100m World Champion Justin Gatlin has officially apologised for his previous drugs bans, after the chaotic reception to his Wold Championship triumph.
The American has twice been banned for widely publicised doping offences in the past, and was booed after finally managing to beat the legendary Usain Bolt, in the Jamaican's final 100m race.
He took the gold medal as Bolt took bronze, very much against the expected script of the sellout crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
For a long time, Gatlin has been seen as a pantomime villan, and has shown very little remorse after his bans.
After achieving one of the best results of his career, the American has sought to apologise, as a means of repairing his relationship with athletics fans around the world.
"If they want an official apology, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I apologise for any wrongdoings I’ve brought onto the sport.
"I love the sport. That’s why I’ve come back and run to the best of my abilities. I have worked hard to right my wrongs," the American said.
Even after winning the title, Gatlin was booed again as he collected his medal in the official medal ceremony.
"It did hurt because I'm not there for myself. I'm up there for my country. I didn't do it for myself. Especially at the starting line, I wasn't there for me. I was there for people back at home who weren't able to come."
The champion admitted that the large London crowd booing him so furiously "hurt".
After being in Bolt's shadow for so long, the American appears to want to make amends and enjoy a fresh start upon the Jamaican's retirement.
His gold medal win was all the more astonishing considering he is now 35 years of age, four years older than Bolt.
It is unlikely that he will enjoy many more years at the top level, yet he hopes that with this official apology, he might enjoy a better reception from fans before he runs his last race.
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