Justin Gatlin’s father has described the boos towards his son as “disrespectful to the sport”.
American Justin Gatlin, 35, who has twice been banned in 2001 and 2006 for doping due to a banned substance won the Men’s 100m final ahead of eight time Olympic gold medalist at the World Athletics Championship in London.
Gatlin, 35, clocked 9.92 seconds ahead of American Chris Coleman and Usain Bolt to claim gold at the World Athletics for the first time since 2007.
He received boos from the fans at the Olympic stadium when they climbed the podium to be presented with their medals yesterday and Willie Gatlin, son of athlete Justin Gatlin was quick to say;
“He served his ban and he worked his heart out doing what he could”.
“He worked to come back, and he worked his way back to championship form”, he added.
President of the International Association of Athletics Federation, IAAF indicated that the 100m race won by Justin Gatlin was “not the perfect script” adding that he was “not eulogistic that someone who has served two bans has walked off with one of our glittering prizes”.
Willie Gatlin indicated that he wasn’t “upset” by the boos on his son saying; “I know what kind of son I raised, what kind of character he has”.
He further added that the boos is just a “disrespect to the sport” saying; “The fans booing is disrespectful to the sport. The sport has always been here and is going to be here after he leaves”.
“He created a memory that is going to be in people’s minds a long time”, father of Justin Gatlin was quick to conclude.
Justlin Gatlin will seek to add the 200m and the 4*100m gold to his medal haul at the London Championship.