Justin Gatlin happy despite defeat

2016-08-15 10:10
Justin Gatlin (Getty Images)

Rio de Janeiro - Justin Gatlin expressed delight at his silver medal on Sunday after his bid to become the oldest Olympic 100m champion in history ended in defeat to Usain Bolt.

The 34-year-old American clocked 9.89 to trail Bolt over the line in the Olympic Stadium in Rio but insisted he had no regrets.

"At the age of 34, to race these young guys and still make the podium feels so good," Gatlin said.

"We work 365 days a year to be here for nine seconds," the 2004 gold medallist said, before dedicating his medal to his son.

"That was for my son. If he's watching, I love you, son."

Gatlin, who has twice been suspended for doping offences, was subjected to boos as he entered the stadium for Sunday's final.

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