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By 10pm the sport will have entered the post-Bolt era.

Jamaican "lightning" Usain Bolt lost his first-ever world championships final to his rivals, in the last 100m race of his career last Saturday, while 35-year-old American Justin Gatlin, 2005 world champion, emerged the surprise victor in 9.92 seconds, 0.03 seconds ahead of Bolt. That's right: A bronze-medal finish Saturday night in the going-away party for one of the planet's most entertaining icons and track and field's lone shining star. Now, for the rest of his life, he'll be thinking himself foolish for not doing so.

An Atlanta native, Coleman is a 5-foot-9, 21-year-old who competed for the University of Tennessee this past spring. "I did 18 years of track and field and I've been retired five years, and they're still talking about me, so I guess I still have it".

But God help him if foolish pride compels him to forego retirement to redeem himself. "I was just happy to be on the line with him", he conceded. But for those 20m I thought I am beating him.

Still, Bolt was supportive of his young teammates. But hey, who knew?

"So to put a narrative out that it's just Justin Gatlin and he's the bad guy, it's really not fair". "Over the years, this will be the team bringing in the golds".

"Those boys are coming for me - they are hungry", said Farah, who is aiming to defend his 5,000m title after winning 10,000m gold at the World Championships in London. Bear in mind that Lance Armstrong managed to end his career without getting caught ... too. The Jamaican 4x100m relay team have been nearly unbeatable since he arrived on the big stage, winning gold at the past seven Olympics and World Championships. If that doesn't surprise you, consider this, Bolt's fastest speed in a race is 27.79 miles per hour.

Birds of a feather stick together.

Yohan Blake, who was expected to be added to the team for the final, is doubtful at this point, after complaining of a pain in his leg following his 200m exit.

Jamaica were afforded a rousing welcome from the crowd, Bolt applauding the stands, with pictures of him constantly shown on the stadium's big screens.

Either way, the IAAF World Championships curtain closer, scheduled for 9:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m.) will, as is often the case, be about Bolt - and then everything else.

I can't be convinced though, and believe lifetime bans are needed.

Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing World Athletics Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chief said tackling doping should remain the sole prerogative of sports bodies. As always, Bolt delivered.

We note Miss Tracey's comment that, "I'm only looking forward from this". After all ... athletes have always, and will always, do or take anything that might give them a competitive advantage. "It's ridiculous. Who cares?" A broadcaster from the Olympic Channel remarked to me that he had never heard a stadium go as quiet as the Queen Elizabeth Park had gone when Gatlin won.

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"I don't condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it". That he's the world champion today is an undeniable testament to his (natural) talent and hard work.

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