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Justin Gatlin notices his mom getting heckled during medal ceremony

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Ian Walton

Justin Gatlin appeared perturbed immediately after outgoing IAAF president Lamine Diack draped his silver medal around his neck in the World Championships 100m medal ceremony.

Gatlin, who lost to Usain Bolt in the 100m final by .01 on Sunday, made eye contact with a spectator inside the Bird’s Nest in Beijing during the awards presentation Monday.

After shaking Diack’s right hand and receiving a stuffed animal bird, Gatlin then pointed and scowled at the spectator. He was looking at a man heckling his mother, according to The Associated Press.

“I was like, ‘Hey, chill out with that. Be a gentleman,’” Gatlin said, according to the AP.

Here’s video of the incident, which also includes Bolt recording the lead-up to his gold medal presentation with a video camera.

Gatlin has been criticized by many because he failed a drug test in 2006 and was allowed to return to compete under anti-doping rules, following his four-year ban that ended in 2010.

“No one has to talk disrespectful to anybody,” Gatlin said, according to the AP. “We’re just here to run. They pay tickets to see us run. Let us run and do what we do.”

Gatlin and Bolt are expected to return to the track for the first round of the 200m on Tuesday. The final is Thursday.

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