Usain Bolt recalls when Justin Gatlin spat across his lane

(Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt, in an interview with former Olympic and world champion Linford Christie of Great Britain, reveals how American sprinter Justin Gatlin spat across his lane, in an effort to intimidate him before.

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Bolt, who prior to his breakout season in 2008, was some what of a low-key 200-metre specialist that took a serious approach to his racing.

He, however, revealed how an incident with Gatlin in Zagreb changed that approached.

“For me it never happened until Justin Gatlin,” Bolt told CNN Olympic contributor Christie. “I ran once with him in Zagreb, he did something which was really funny to me.

“We were walking back and forward and he actually spat across my lane. And when he did it, I knew he was trying to intimidate me and I found it really funny.

“Today it doesn’t really bother me. I just go there, enjoy myself and relax. It’s just one of those things where over the years the game has changed.”

Bolt, the fastest 100m runner in the world this season with a time of 9.76secs, holds both the 100m and 200m world records, at 9.58 and 19.19, respectively.

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