Bolt, who finished third behind American Christian Coleman, agreed. "Over the years I've always said he's done his time," said the Jamaican, who was the first to hug Gatlin post-race. "If he's here, it's okay. I've always respected him as a competitor. He deserves to be here, he's worked hard. "I treat him like any other athlete - as a competitor."
'Gatlin needs to accept he will be unpopular.'Steve Cram believes the new 100m world champion won't be accepted by supporters. #London2017 pic.twitter.com/F6LKUqegSj — BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) August 6, 2017
"Usain Bolt said I didn't deserve the boos." Justin Gatlin talks us through a surreal night. Watch: https://t.co/1IZbnIuE7u #london2017 pic.twitter.com/RBGadg5Mxk — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 6, 2017Gatlin was asked if he thought his victory had been a disaster for the spot. "I wasn't focused on the boos, I wasn't thinking about whether my win tonight was a disaster for the sport," he said. "I really did it for my fans, my support staff, my countrymen, the people who really believe in me, even when I didn't believe in myself," he added.
"For the first time I was thinking about them not myself and it took the pressure off." He was similarly dismissive when asked if he enjoyed being the bad boy. "I know you've got to have a black hat and a white hat but guys, come on," he said.
"The first thing he said to me was congratulations."Justin Gatlin says beating Usain Bolt was surrealhttps://t.co/ss8pwsyf0Q #London2017 pic.twitter.com/PuvNMWJtTv — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 5, 2017
Justin Gatlin hopes athletics can be proud of him and wants to inspire others to come back from mistakes. ➡️ https://t.co/r3CVFirY9c pic.twitter.com/zXvjmwtW25 — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 6, 2017"What do I do that makes me a bad boy? Do I talk bad about anybody, do I give bad gestures, don't I shake every athlete's hand, don't I congratulate them, wish everybody good luck? That don't sound like a bad boy to me. "Usain is a great athlete and a great man and I'm just happy to be here lining up shoulder to shoulder with him. He leaves a huge void in the sport."