A NIGHTMARE end result for the way forward for athletics?
No, when Justin Gatlin defeated Usain Bolt in the one hundred metres ultimate at the World Championships it may need been the greatest end result for the lengthy-time period wellbeing of this drug-addled sport.
When the climax of your blue-riband occasion is met with a deathly silence, swiftly adopted by massed booing, it should certainly be a wake-up name for a sport blighted by complacency and a tradition of denial.
Athletics has used the charisma, obvious cleanness and large reputation of Bolt, 30, to defend itself from such public dissent for the previous decade.
Now there is no place left to disguise.
IAAF president Seb Coe final week claimed that doping was NOT the biggest drawback dealing with athletics. It was a delusional remark.
Doping has forged an immense shadow over monitor-and-area for 3 many years now.
And whereas the London crowd have been proper to boo Gatlin, it is not the reply to demonise one particular person.
Dozens of rivals at these championships are convicted drug cheats. Gatlin is little greater than a scapegoat, albeit a responsible and brazen one.
Coe rightly factors out that the IAAF tried to concern Gatlin with an efficient life ban after his SECOND offence however their palms have been tied.
However when a sport is led by a person so publicly dismissive of the menace of doping and when it is populated by too many fits determined to stifle awkward questioning, there is little prospect of affecting change.