JUSTIN GATLIN requested why is he the "bad boy" after again being met with a refrain of boos as he collected his World one hundred metres gold medal.
The American – who has TWICE been banned for doping – surprised the athletics world when he denied retiring dash legend Usain Bolt his fairytale finale on Saturday night time.
Gatlin, 35, was jeered as he beat compatriot Christian Coleman and third-positioned Bolt throughout the line at the London Stadium.
And occasion organisers tried to scale back the potential protest the crowd might make by shifting the presentation to an earlier time, when spectators would nonetheless be taking their seats.
That didn’t cease the three-quarters full area from roundly booing the controversial world champion as he climbed to the prime step of the podium.
But it mattered little to Gatlin, who was left questioning precisely what he had completed fallacious.
Talking after the ceremony he stated: “What do I do that makes me the bad boy?”
“Do I speak bad to anyone, do I give bad gestures? I don’t.
“I congratulate each athlete, shake their hand – that doesn’t sound like a trait of a bad boy.
“It seems like the media needs to sensationalise and make me the bad boy as a result of Usain’s a hero. I know you guys have a black hat and a white hat, however c’mon.
“It’s kinda unhappy that my boos have been louder than different individuals’s cheers.
“I’ve served my time and achieved group service. I’ve talked to youngsters and impressed them to stroll the proper path. That’s all I can do.
“Society does that with individuals who make errors and I hope that monitor and subject does that too.”
Bolt lapped up the adoration of the London crowd as he was given a standing ovation and posed for the followers earlier than being introduced together with his bronze medal for his ultimate particular person race.
The eight-time Olympic gold medallist's announcement was greeted with an enormous roar that lasted virtually a minute as he acknowledged all 4 corners of the stadium.
And the Jamaican insisted Gatlin deserves his second in the limelight – regardless of his chequered previous.
Bolt stated: “I all the time revered him as a competitor. He’s one among the greatest I have confronted.
“For me he deserves to be right here, he’s finished his time and he’s labored onerous to get again to being considered one of the greatest athletes.
"He’s run quick occasions, he’s again and he’s doing nice. I take a look at him like another athlete, as a competitor.”