Gatlin steals the show as Bolt finishes third

There was no fairy tale ending for Usain Bolt at the World Championships in London on Saturday, as he finished third behind winner Justin Gatlin in the 100m final.

Gatlin, who has been jeered by the crowd throughout the competition as the result of his two previous doping bans, won in a time 9.92 to gain some measure of revenge.

The American converged on the line with both Bolt and countryman Christian Coleman, and it was left to the screens in the stadium to confirm that he had crossed the line first.

100m final Bolt Gatlin

The crowd again jeered when they saw the results, but Gatlin put a finger to his lips to shush them.

Coleman finished second in 9.94, while Bolt was third in 9.95 to finish his sterling individual career with a bronze medal.

Many saw Coleman – the fastest man in the world this season – as Bolt's biggest challenger, but few expected Gatlin to upset the apple cart.

While it was not the ending Bolt would have wanted, he did little to show his disappointment as he headed around the stadium to an ovation after congratulating the champion.

Bolt Gatlin

No doubt, the Jamaican's reputation as the greatest sprinter of all time remains secure.

“This was wonderful. I knew they would come out and support me. I’m just sad I couldn’t come out and win,” Bolt told BBC Sport afterwards.

“My start killed me. Normally I get better through the rounds but it didn’t come together. The fact I didn’t get it is why I lost.

“The support has been outstanding. They have stood behind me and pushed me and I really appreciate that.”