While the eyes of the sporting world were fixed on boxing’s much-touted “fight of the century” in Las Vegas on May 2, the two fastest men on the planet renewed a rivalry on the track.
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and American arch-rival Justin Gatlin took to the blue track of the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in the capital of the Bahamas just as the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao title bout got under way.
The comparison was not lost on either athlete as Gatlin helped the US quartet to the 4x100m crown in the second edition of the IAAF World Relays, Bolt unable to snag American anchor Ryan Bailey in the run-in for the line.
“I think it’s going to be a good rivalry – like Pacquiao and Mayweather,” said Gatlin, against whom Bolt says he has no problem competing after the American 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist saw out his four-year ban for doping.
“I think that’s what the track fans want to see this year and I want to help bring that.”