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Usain Bolt blames 100 meter loss on starting blocks

Usain Bolt finishes third behind runner-up Christian Coleman, and Justing Gatlin on Aug. 5 at London Stadium

Usain Bolt finishes third behind runner-up Christian Coleman, and Justing Gatlin on Aug. 5 at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games

LONDON — Usain Bolt blamed a sluggish start caused by problems with the starting blocks for his shocking 100-meter defeat to Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Championships of Track and Field in London, England.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist finished third in a photo finish to runner-up Christian Coleman, and Gatlin on Aug. 5 at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Gatlin, who was twice banned from track and field after testing positive for drugs, clocked 9.92 for the gold medal, Coleman took silver at 9.94 seconds, and Bolt, 9.95 for bronze.

Bolt complained about the starting blocks at the World Championships after his semi-final heat victory on Friday night. He told ESPN, he wasn’t “comfortable in the starting blocks.”

The Jamaican superstar waved farewell to fans without the fairy tale ending he had hoped for as Gatlin celebrated with glee at London Stadium.

Bolt, who will say goodbye to the sport after the 4×100 meter relay, Saturday, said, “The start is killing me. Normally I get better through the rounds. It felt like it was there but the reason I lost because I couldn’t get it. You have to transition.”

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Justing Gatlin, USA, Chris Coleman, USA and Usain Bolt, Jamaica, during marathon in London on August 6, 2017 at the 2017 IAAF World Championships athletics. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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