Bolt wins in London, attacks Gatlin


World record holder, Usain Bolt on Friday night at the Olympic Stadium, jogged to a 19.89 seconds finish to win the men’s 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London.

Bolt won ahead of Panama’s Alonso Edward, 20.04 (SB) and Britain’s Adam Gemili, 20.07 who took second and third respectively.

It was Bolt’s first outing since he pulled out of the finals at Jamaica’s National Trials citing injury a few days ago.

The Jamaican has however, accused sprint rival, Justin Gatlin of “disrespect” after the London Anniversary Games.

Bolt was picked for the Rio Olympics after getting a medical exemption, leading to comments from Gatlin and others.

“For me I felt it was a joke, I felt it was a disrespect they think I’d back out of a trials,” said Bolt.

“I’ve proven myself year after year that I’m the greatest. I laughed when I heard it, I was disappointed, especially in Justin Gatlin.”

Bolt won gold in both the 100m and 200m at the London and Beijing Olympics, and will defend both titles in Rio next month.

Gatlin, considered his main 100m rival, was among those who claimed the Jamaican – who has struggled with a hamstring injury – got preferential treatment he would not receive were he American.

“He’s injured, gets a medical pass, that’s what his country does. Our country doesn’t do that,” Gatlin, who has twice served doping bans, was quoted as saying in the American press.

Meanwhile, Bolt Sweating profusely after the race acknowledged that he needs to improve to defend his three gold medals at Rio 2016.

“I’m getting there, I’m not fully in shape, I need more work,’ he said, ‘But over time I’ll be fine, I’ll just keep doing the work. The key thing is I came out here and won but I’m always hungry for more,” he said.