Usain Bolt failed to end his glittering career with another individual gold medal after he was shocked by Justin Gatlin in the IAAF World Championships 100 metres final.
The sprinting legend was forced to settle for bronze at the London Stadium as he finished behind Gatlin and his fellow American Christian Coleman despite matching his season’s best time of 9.95 seconds.
It was a result that was met with stunned silence in the English capital before Gatlin felt the wrath of the crowd as boos rang out in the direction of the man from Brooklyn.
Bolt told the BBC after the race: “I was sad that I couldn’t come out and deliver like I wanted to. It’s one of those things.
“The start is killing me. Normally I’m getting better through the rounds but it didn’t come together. That’s why I lost.
“I came out and did my best. I treated it like any other championships. The support has been outstanding. I appreciate that.”
Bolt already had 19 global gold medals – eight Olympic victories and 11 from the World Championships – before adding the bronze to his collection in what proved an anti-climax.
He will be hoping to go out on a high with his Jamaican team-mates in the relay event next week.