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Bolt: Gatlin is getting old and competing becoming tougher

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 8:40 AM
Bolt: You can tell from the 100m Gatlin is getting old.

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt says his American rival Justin Gatlin is getting old and competing is getting tougher for him.

ESPN, the American sports network, reported the verbal salvo this morning, indicating that the comment was made in an interview Bolt gave the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The three-time Olympic champion was apparently responding to Gatlin’s failure to make the final of the men’s 200m after the American finished third in his semi-final.

“Everybody’s in shock,” ESPN quoted Bolt, 29, as telling the BBC’s Radio 5 Live.

“You can tell from the 100m he’s getting old. It’s a fact, the older you get, the rougher it gets to double,” said the world record holder over the 100m and the 200m.

Gatlin, 34, revealed after the race that he rolled his ankle in the lead-up to the Olympic Games.

“Probably, I should have rested it instead of running on it,” ESPN quoted Gatlin as saying.

Before the start of the Olympics, Bolt also accused the American of disrespect.

It came after Gatlin suggested that Bolt got a free pass to compete at the Games after pulling out of the Jamaican senior trial with an injury.

- Livern Barrett