Dave Kidd: Justin Gatlin beating Usain Bolt to World gold is no nightmare… it is exactly the reminder athletics needed

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.

 Gatlin won the 100m final as Bolt could only secure a bronze

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Gatlin gained the 100m ultimate as Bolt might solely safe a bronze


 The view from above as Gatlin beats Coleman and Bolt to the line

The view from above as Gatlin beats Coleman and Bolt to the line

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.

Justin Gatlin has twice served bans for doping offences

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.

Usain Bolt refused to let his defeat spoil his lap of honour as he greeted followers

Organisers did alter the timing of Gatlin’s medal ceremony yesterday, shifting it away from prime time to keep away from extra jeering spectators.

If these in control of athletics are affected by disgrace, then that feeling is properly-earned.

And maybe such world-extensive embarrassment will jolt them into staging a real all-out warfare on doping.

A NIGHTMARE end result for the way forward for athletics?