Olympics: Rivals Respect Me, Insists Beaten Gatlin

Olympics: Rivals respect me, insists beaten Gatlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Augst,2016) - Justin Gatlin dismissed the booing of fans after being beaten by Usain Bolt in the Olympic 100m final as the two-time doping offender insisted he had the respect of his peers. Track and field's pantomime once again played second fiddle to Bolt as the Jamaican superstar romped to his third successive 100m title in Rio on Sunday but denied the catcalls had thrown him off his stride. "I haven't really focused on the boos, you have to dial that kind of stuff out," said the American, who had been looking to become the oldest man to win the Olympic title.

"At the end of the day, you hear everything, but you have to tune that kind of stuff out," added the 2004 Athens gold medallist after clocking 9.89 seconds to trail Bolt eight hundredths of second. "There's a lot of Usain Bolt fans, a lot of Jamaican fans but they don't know me, they don't know Justin.

I work very hard and I have the respect of my competitors. "Going into the call room, (bronze medallist) Andre de Grasse, Trayvon (Bromell), we wished each other well -- even Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt himself. To be able to have the respect of my rivals who I line up with, that's all I really care about."