Justin Gatlin hits back at boo-boys in Olympic Stadium

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

Usain Bolt took centre stage at the Olympic Games in the 100m Men's sprint race on Sunday night when he snatched the gold medal from Justin Gatlin's hands.

The Jamaican worldwide sensation took off from the starting blocks marginally slower than his 100m counterparts, but that didn't mean that Bolt was out of the running to win gold. 

BBC's commentators picked up on the 29-year-old's slow start, but were soon left starstruck after Bolt blistered past his fellow competitors with lightening pace to reach the finishing line first.

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He said: "We all have respect for each other.

"I'd like to see everyone have respect in the audience, as well."

Whilst the majority of the stadium sent out a signal of boos, Gatlin turned to face the far corner, which accommodated the American supporters, who were cheering on their record-breaking athlete despite the hostile atmosphere. 

Bolt also reacted to the boos, and he admitted that he was surprised by the reception.

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

"It was surprising. I've never heard, I've never seen it happen before," he told the Daily Mail.

"But I guess some people are more vocal than others."

Whilst on the track, Bolt and Gatlin are referred to by many as good vs evil, or Jekyll & Hyde, but Gatlin admits that the couple are close friends away from athletics.

"Away from the track, he's a great guy, he's a cool guy, there is no rivalry between us.

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

"There is no bad blood. I'm a competitor, he's a competitor and he has pushed me to be the athlete that I am today.

"I hope he can say the same for me."

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