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Justin Gatlin 'gave away' race to Usain Bolt - Michael Johnson

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

Usain Bolt retained his world 100m title in the Bird’s Nest Stadium by flying to victory in 9.79 seconds
Usain Bolt retained his world 100m title in the Bird’s Nest Stadium by flying to victory in 9.79 seconds
(L-R) USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, USA's Mike Rodgers and USA's Trayvon Bromell compete in the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Canada's Andre De Grasse, Jamaica's Asafa Powell, USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, USA's Mike Rodgers and USA's Trayvon Bromell compete in the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) USA's Justin Gatlin, USA's Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Usain Bolt compete in the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Asafa Powell of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States, Tyson Gay of the United States, Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Mike Rodgers of the United States cross the finish line in the Men's 100 metres final during day two of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Olympian Michael Johnson has claimed US athlete Justin Gatlin "gave away" the 100m final to his rival Usain Bolt.

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The four-time Olympic gold medal winner made his comments on BBC Sport tonight.

Usain Bolt pips Justin Gatlin to win the 100 title in Beijing
Usain Bolt pips Justin Gatlin to win the 100 title in Beijing
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) crosses the finish line ahead of USA's Justin Gatlin (L) in the final of the men's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Andre De Grasse of Canada, Asafa Powell of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States, Tyson Gay of the United States, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Mike Rodgers of the United States, Trayvon Bromell of the United States, Bingtian Su of China and Jimmy Vicaut of France cross the finish line in the Men's 100 metres final during day two of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Andre De Grasse of Canada, Asafa Powell of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States, Tyson Gay of the United States, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Mike Rodgers of the United States, Trayvon Bromell of the United States, Bingtian Su of China and Jimmy Vicaut of France cross the finish line in the Men's 100 metres final during day two of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Earlier, viewers saw Bolt beat Gatlin into second place in the 100m final at the world Athletics Championships in Beijing. Bolt won in 9.79 seconds.

Johnson told BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan that Gatlin "committed the cardinal sin of not holding his form" in the final metres of the race, thereby allowing Bolt to pip him a the finishing line.

Earlier, Bolt described winning the title as the "hardest race" of his career.

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