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Gatlin admits that Bolt is an "amazing man"

RIVALS: Justin Gatlin (right) and Usain Bolt embrace after the 100m final

NEW 100m world champion Justin Gatlin has called Usain Bolt an "amazing man" after dethroning the Jamaican in a sensational race at the London Stadium.

Gatlin was speaking after unexpectedly beating Bolt who is due to retire at the end of the championships. Gatlin said:

"It's just so surreal right now - I jumped in the crowd and went wild. Usain has accomplished so much in our sport and inspired others like Coleman to come out and compete in the championships.

"Usain said: 'Congratulations, you deserve it.' And that's from the man himself. He knows how hard I work. Tonight was all about the W (win) and I managed to sneak it."

On being booed during the competition, the American, who has been guilty of doping violations in the past said:

“It's not about the crowd: I tuned it out through the rounds and stayed the course. I kept my energy through the semis and came to the final to do what I do.

“The people who love me, they're cheering for me. They're at home cheering for me and my coaching manager is cheering for me, and that's what I've been focusing on.

“I thought of all the things I would do if I won, and I didn't do any of that. It was almost like 2004 all over again (for my Olympic title). I won by a little margin, and to be able to come across the line is amazing.

On his famous battles with the Jamaican athlete, Gatlin admitted:

“We're rivals on the track and we've had a rivalry on the track throughout the years but in the warm-up area we were joking and having a good time and he said to me 'congratulations, you work hard for this, and you don't deserve all these boos'.

“So I think for all that and inspiring throughout my career he's an amazing man.”

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