Gatlin admits he’s bothered by doping taint

As charming as he is controversial, 36-year-old world 100m champion Justin Gatlin says he wants to be remembered as a fighter.

The American addressed a press conference in Pretoria on Wednesday and he never shied away from questions about his doping past, facing them as he faced defeat at the hands of Usain Bolt year after year — until his success at the 2017 world championships in London.

Gatlin admitted how at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, where he went into the 100m final as the favourite, he wept on his way home after Bolt had edged him 9.79sec to 9.80.

“It was hard,” said Gatlin, who competes in the 150m of the Liquid Telecom Grand Prix meet at the Tuks track on Thursday night. “I had a great season in 2015 and losing … that’s a surreal moment. TIME LIVE

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