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Usain Bolt brilliantly responds to question about doping in Athletics after Gatlin defeat

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There's no question that Bolt is one of the greatest athletes ever - the outcome of the 100 metre final in London at the World Championships did precious little to change that.

But still, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist came up short in the most frustrating of fashions when he lost in consecutive races to American Christian Coleman and saw longtime rival Justin Gatlin win the gold medal.

It's not the way the 30-year-old deserved to finish his final ever 100m race and many fans took to social media to voice their outrage that Gatlin was the victor.

Gatlin, now 35, first won Olympic gold back in 2004, but has somehow reached his prime in his mid-30s.

He ran his fastest ever time of 9.74 just two years ago and he has been banned from the sport on two occasions for taking banned substances.

And yet, to the annoyance of many, he was allowed to compete and spoil Bolt's retirement party, a man who has had a squeaky clean career.

Sitting alongside Gatlin in the press conference after the race, Bolt was asked whether the slow times this year can be attributed to better doping control.

His answer was enthralling. Take a watch:

Was Gatlin sitting alongside the Jamaican any kind of influence on his answer? Perhaps, Bolt has shown time and time again he is a man of class, but the journalist may have had a point in a roundabout way.

It was obviously a thinly veiled dig at Gatlin, but Bolt handled the situation perfectly to give everyone yet another reason to miss this man from athletics dearly.

Bolt explained after the race to the BBC why he felt he lost the race.

16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 - Day Two

Bolt said: “The start is killing me. Normally I get better though the rounds.

“It felt like it was there but the reason I lost was because I couldn’t get it. You have to transition.

“I didn’t get the transition right and tightened at the end which you should never do."

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