Monday 18 December 2017

Justin Gatlin's 100m gold medal ceremony moved amid fears over reception

Justin Gatlin of the United States speaks to the media following his win in the Men's 100 metres final in 9.92 seconds during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Justin Gatlin of the United States speaks to the media following his win in the Men's 100 metres final in 9.92 seconds during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Justin Gatlin's 100 metres gold medal ceremony has been moved from its primetime slot amid fears over the reception the American will receive at the World Championships.

The IAAF has switched the presentation from 20:00 to 18:50 on Sunday evening after it was initially pencilled in for a central spot in London.

It has been denied the change was down to Gatlin beating Usain Bolt in the 100m final on Saturday and, officially, it has been moved for operational reasons, Press Association Sport understands.

The ceremony will now be held 10 minutes before the start of the evening session having been swapped with the long jump.

Gatlin, who has been banned twice for doping violations, beat Bolt into third in the Jamaican's final solo race before retirement.

American Gatlin had been booed throughout the 100m heats, semi-final and final and the London Stadium briefly fell silent after it became apparent Gatlin had won, with USA team-mate Christian Coleman second.

There were then boos again for Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, before the crowd chanted Bolt's name.

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