Usain Bolt has been smiling his way to gold medals during the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Now he’s looking to win the race of pettiness. The decorated runner told a harsh truth about Team USA runner Justin Gatlin.
Wednesday night US sprinter Justin Gatlin failed to make the finals for the 200-meters race. He finished third in his semi-finals heat.
Gatlin, who is 34 years old, has spent much of the last decade playing catch up behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. Gatlin was expected to at least qualify to give Bolt one last run for his money, but came up short. When asked about the race, Bolt acted as surprised as the rest of us. But, he did offer a harsh, but accurate truth about Gatlin.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Bolt said:
“Everybody’s in shock. You can tell from the 100 meters he’s getting old. It’s a fact the older you get, the rougher it gets to double.”
Gatlin says that he rolled his ankle in a run prior to the Olympics and that he should’ve rested. Bolt, who is 29-years old himself, feels Father Time catching up with him also. It what many expect to be his final Olympics, Bolt says that he will not be running in the World Championships next year.