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2005

 

Golden League, Zurich

Things went smoothly for Olympic and world champion Justin Gatlin in the men's 100m.

The American poured on the pace in the last half of the race to finish clear of his rivals in 10.14 seconds.

Portugal's Francis Obikwelu took second ahead of Ghana's Aziz Zakari with world silver medallist Michael Frater fourth.

Former Olympic champion Maurice Greene admitted he had a terrible race as he crossed the line a dismal last in 10.39.

 

Gatlin offers Lewis-Francis help

Justin Gatlin beat Mark Lewis-Francis in the 100m heats in Helsinki

World 100m and 200m champion Justin Gatlin has offered struggling British sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis the chance to train with him in America.

Gatlin's coach Trevor Graham criticised Lewis-Francis before the recent World Championships, but the American sprinter has now offered to help.

"He needs to train with people who are the best in the world so that he can be the best," Gatlin told The Guardian.

"He needs to get back focused and I can help him do that."

Lewis-Francis's career has stuttered since he claimed the world junior 100m title in 2000. 

 

Sprint stars shine in Sheffield

Justin Gatlin

Double world champion Justin Gatlin took the 200m sprint honours at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix. 

Gatlin came through in the last five metres of the men's 200m to overhaul the tiring Tyson Gay.

He said: "Tyson came off the curb very strong, but I felt the energy of the crowd - people came here to see me win and that's what I did.

"I'll be back next year and I'll do even better." 

 

2006

 

Athletics: Gatlin withdraws from showdown with Powell

By Mike Rowbottom

Published: 15 July 2006

Justin Gatlin has withdrawn from an eagerly awaited meeting with his fellow 100 metres world record holder, Asafa Powell, at Crystal Palace on 28 July, because of a leg injury.

The news will be greeted with dismay within British athletics, given that the American also pulled out of a 100m against Powell at Gateshead last month. His Jamaican rival subsequently equalled the time both men had previously run: 9.77sec.

On that occasion Gatlin's action was prompted by his agent, the former world high hurdles record holder Renaldo Nehemiah, with the athlete claiming that the meeting was too early in the season and would be too cold.

This time Gatlin's absence is due to an injury to his calf, which he said had become swollen and slightly strained after he defended his US title in Indianapolis four weeks ago. He dropped out of the Athens meeting on 3 July and last Tuesday's Lausanne grand prix. Gatlin last raced against Powell a year ago at Crystal Palace, Gatlin winning after Powell injured himself at the start.

After Gatlin equalled Powell's record in May, and shortly before he pulled out of Gateshead, his agent said he did not want the duo to meet too many times, in order to maintain interest.

"I've been going to all my meets," Powell said. "I'm ready to run against him. I cannot tell you where and when I'm going to meet him on the track - it seems he's avoiding me."

With no major championships this season, it could be that the world will have to wait until next year to see the two race again.

"We have worked extremely hard to bring Gatlin and Powell together at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix but clearly, in top-level professional sport when athletes are running at their physical limits, injuries can occur," said Jon Ridgeon of UK Athletics. "The meeting will still be one of the most impressive staged anywhere in the world this year. We hope Asafa Powell can replicate the performance he produced at Gateshead and perhaps go even a little faster."

 

 

 

 

BBC: Gatlin admits failing drugs test

World and Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has admitted failing a drugs test in April.

The American, 24, was told the news by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

He said: "I have been informed that after a relay race I ran in Kansas City on 22 April, I tested positive for 'testosterone or its precursors'.

"I cannot account for these results, because I have never knowingly used any banned substance or authorised anyone to administer such a substance to me."

He added: "Since learning of the positive test, I have been doing everything in my power to find out what caused this to happen.

"I have been and will continue to cooperate fully with Usada as it moves forward with the process it has initiated and hope that when all the facts are revealed it will be determined that I have done nothing wrong."

Gatlin tested positive for an amphetamine at the 2001 US junior championships at the University of Tennessee.

A subsequent ban was overturned after it was discovered the illegal substances were part of the medication he had been taking for a decade to combat attention deficit disorder.

But the International Association of Athletics Federerations made it clear at the time that a further doping violation would signal a life ban for Gatlin.

In his statement on Saturday, Gatlin added: "That experience made me even more vigilant to make certain that I do not come into contact with any banned substance for any reason whatsoever, because any additional anti-doping rule offence could mean a lifetime ban from the sport that I love.

"Since the positive test at the University of Tennessee, I have been involved with efforts to educate people about the dangers of using drugs and would never do anything to disappoint my fans and supporters.

"It is simply not consistent with either my character or my confidence in my God-given athletic ability to cheat in any way."

Athletics had been waiting all year to see a showdown between world record holders Gatlin and Powell, but Gatlin has not raced since June because of injuries and missed Friday's London Grand Prix.

Gatlin came into the sport from an American Football background and only turned professional in 2003.

He won the Olympic 100m title in Athens in 2004 and followed that up by taking the sprint double of 100m and 200m at last year's World Championships in Helsinki.

Gatlin then matched Asafa Powell's world record time of 9.77 seconds in Qatar in May of this year.

In a statement, USATF chief executive Craig Masback said: "USA Track & Field is gravely concerned that Justin Gatlin has tested positive for banned substances."

He added: "We hope Justin has not committed a doping offence, and we await the completion of the adjudication process."