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12 August 2017, 11:25 | Pamela Mathis

Farah has worked with Salazar since 2011

Farah has worked with Salazar since 2011

Coleman, a 21-year-old in the first major race of his life, was in shock, too: "To beat someone I looked up to when I was growing up".

The 35-year-old Gatlin, with flecks of gray in his hair, won the Olympic 100-meter race in 2004 in Athens, but later was saddled with two suspensions related to performance-enhancing drugs. On Saturday, it felt surreal to anyone who's been at one of these Bolt victories before.

But God help him if foolish pride compels him to forego retirement to redeem himself. "I was just happy to be on the line with him", he conceded.

Incidentally, the look of anguish on Bolt's face - when it struck him that he did not win - rivals that look in Edvard Munch's most famous painting. In the last decade or so nearly the only world class Jamaican sprinter who hasn't failed a drug test is Bolt, and the cheaters have helped haul in a glittering array of medals for Jamaica.

But in the back of his mind, reality was setting in: "After the semifinal, I knew if I didn't get my start, I was going to be in trouble", he said. Nothing new there, though his less-than-ideal racing shape, to say nothing of the fitness of the guys he was chasing, turned the usual comeback into something nobody's seen before on this big a stage.

Those quicksilver feet which always dealt in gold have another chance to obey his command as he seeks to bring down the curtain on his matchless sprint career and land a 20th global championship title in the 4 x 100 metres relay.

"I'm sorry for not being able to finish on a win, but I thank you for your support", was launched to the crowd the one who has been the hero of the evening, even in defeat, and, good player, has been offered a brace of good, thanks to his executioner.

A third gold, from the 2008 Games in Beijing, had to be returned to the International Olympic Committee after Bolt's relay team mate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping.

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The fastest man alive, Usain Bolt is seen twerking with with a bevy of curvy beauties at a paint party during Trinidad Carnival.

Birds of a feather stick together.

"Yohan Blake is coming in for the final is definitely good". But then, the young and determined Bolt had other plans.

In fact, Bolt is favored to run in both the morning heats and the final, according to Reuters and the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

Always a fan favorite, Bolt maintained his Hollywood smile as he jogged around the track following the race, Jamaican flag in tow. He was one of five Jamaican sprinters at their 2009 national championships who apparently all had colds at the same time, which, they claimed, led them to use a nasal spray which included the banned stimulant tests picked up. Starved of oxygen and their legs burning from lactic acid build-up, every athlete must then complete an 800m media lap that takes them through the clutches of broadcasters, journalists and occasionally the odd stray volunteer who wants a cheeky photo (me included).

Policing drugs in professional sports is not only Orwellian; it's utterly futile.

Some athletes have consumed substances that they did not know where banned while others have been victim to sabotage by having their meals spiked. They've been there during the ups and down throughout my career.

Because of the former doping charges, Gatlin was roundly booed by the fans at the London world competition throughout the trials and finals. They will be vying for a second successive World Championships medal.

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