Usain Bolt has reacted angrily over ‘disrespectful’ comments made by Justin Gatlin.
Speaking after this 200m victory during the London Anniversary Games, the six-time Olympic champion clocked 19.89 seconds in his first appearance since suffering a hamstring injury.
The 29-yer-old sprinter pulled out of the Jamaican trials in order to get himself fit and up to full speed ahead of the Rio Olympic games on August 5th.
Bolt was given a pass by the Jamaican team, making it in to the team via a medical exemption – a subject his rival Justin Gatlin publicly discussed.
‘For me I felt it was a joke, I felt it was a disrespect they think I’d back out of a trials,’ Bolt after being asked about Gatlin’s comments.
‘I’ve proven myself year on year that I’m the greatest. I laughed when I heard it, I was disappointed, especially in Justin Gatlin.’
Jamaican Usain Bolt will defend his 100m and 200m crown in Rio, taking on his closest rival American Justin Gatlin in the shorter distance.
‘He’s injured, gets a medical pass, that’s what his country does. Our country doesn’t do that,’ Gatlin said when asked about Bolt’s inclusion.