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Justin Gatlin apologises to fans and sports enthusiasts

Justin Gatlin the 100m World Athletics Championship gold medallist who clinched the first position ahead of favourite Usain Bolt was booed throughout his heat at the London Stadium. The spectators went on a warpath against the world champion to protest against his consecutive drug test failure. The sport has been ridden with accusations of doping and to good effect since the conviction of his fellow World 2017 finalist Yohan Blake a while back.

But it was Gatlin’s remorseless attitude that did not sit well with the fans as well as the wider viewership of the sport. When asked about the event he said that it was not true at all and that he regretted a lot of the things he did back in the days, but he also concluded that he wrote an apology letter to the IAAF before he was sentenced. He said that he also went on tv to host a show promoting anti doping issues. Gatlin was banned for using drugs in 2001 and then again in 2006. But he did come back strong to win the Olympic bronze in the 100m in the 2012 London Olympics.

Flanagan wins silver after 9 years

American distance runner Shalane Flanagan was pleasantly surprised when notified of her winning a medal for an event she competed in 9 years ago in the Beijing Olympics. The second place winner Turkish runner Elvan Abeylegesse was disqualified in March after a retest of her blood sample showed her positive for the banned steroid stanozolol. The U.S. Olympic Committee and the USA track and field said that since Abeylegesse tested positive for a performance enhancing drug it was only fair to give back the medal to its rightful owner.

The USOC and USA track and field proposed a public ceremony to felicitate Flanagan on her win but Flanagan declined. On asking she said that she was indeed very grateful to the USOC and the USA track and field for offering her an opportunity to celebrate her victory with the world but on consulting with friends, family, and coach she declined and chose to have a private celebration instead. The bronze medal she won in 2008 though was returned to the IOC.

Isaac Makwala nails the Time Trials

Isaac Makwala the Botswana sprinter was withdrawn from competing in the 200m and the 400m after being diagnosed with a norovirus or sickness bug which affected a lot of the athletes staying at a designated World Championship hotel in London. The IAAF set a dangerous precedent after allowing the sprinter to compete in a solo time trial in the London Stadium. It was a rainy day in London and though a third of the track was wet at the time, Makwala managed to make it in 20.20 seconds ahead of the stipulated 20.53 seconds in the 200m race which saw him easily qualify for the semis. A couple of hours later he was back on the track having been added to one of the lanes in the original eight lineups. He sailed to a comfortable second place finish clocking 20.14 seconds just behind American sprinter Isiah Young (20.12 seconds). Get our football predictions here.