Gatlin booed during medal ceremony, but Bolt applauds (video)
LONDON (AP) — Justin Gatlin came into the Olympic Stadium again, and sure enough, the boos were there again.
At the medal ceremony for the 100 meters, Usain Bolt received massive cheers for his bronze medal and American silver medalist Christian Coleman was also warmly greeted by the crowd of about 60,000 spectators.
However, when Gatlin came up to receive his gold medal from IAAF President Sebastian Coe, the derisive booing returned but there was also a smattering of applause — some of it from Bolt. The negative intensity didn’t quite reach the peaks of the previous days when Gatlin ran.
With his doping past — his suspension ended in 2010 — the American has long been portrayed as the bad guy set against Bolt’s charismatic, fun-loving personality.