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Justin Gatlin a real threat to Usain Bolt’s claim as the fastest man on earth

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Hard to get excited about Gatlin's re-emergence over the last two years. But it's not going to go away and I guess we'll find out at the World Champs whether he can beat Usain Bolt in a major.

Justin Gatlin a real threat to Usain Bolt’s claim as the fastest man on earth
5th June 2015

FOR the best part of the past decade any conversation about the fastest man on earth has started and finished with Usain Bolt.  
Apart from the 2011 world championships when he was disqualified for a false start Bolt has cruised to victory at every major event, including dominant wins at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

While the likes of Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake have done their best to push the Jamaican superstar no one has seriously looked like threatening him — until now.

Last night American Justin Gatlin — the 2004 Olympics gold medallist who served a four-year ban after testing positive to a banned substance in 2006 — put Bolt on notice with a blistering time of 9.75 seconds at the Golden Gala event in Rome.

It broke the meet record Bolt set in 2012 and was quicker than any time the Jamaican has posted since the London Olympics.

And it’s not as though it was a fluke. Just three weeks ago Gatlin clocked 9.74 seconds in the Diamond League opener in the sweltering heat of Doha, Qatar. Only four sprinters have ever run faster.

After last night’s impressive showing Gatlin declared he could approach Bolt’s world record of 9.58 at the world championships in Beijing in August.

“I feel confident running times around 9.70,” Gatlin said. “9.60 should be possible in summer ...

“The key thing to keep winning is to not think about it. I do not think of beating Usain Bolt now because the championship is not tomorrow. We still have some time.”

Gatlin’s re-emergence as a dominant force at age 33 is testing an athletics community which hasn’t forgotten his past indiscretions — which also included a positive test for amphetamines in 2001.

He had a heated exchange with journalists before a race last week and continues to be targetted on social media.

As for Bolt, he remains unconcerned by the times Gatlin has posted during an injury-plagued period in his career.

The Jamaican continues to focus on the 200m as he looks to get races under his belt this season — but is also looking forward to the main event when he returns to Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium where he first burst onto the world scene.

“For me the aim is to get to the world championship ... I live for challenges, I live for championships. And that’s my focus,” Bolt said.

Slow as!!

What a joke!!! How can J.G be clean!! He is running faster now than when he got busted... Powell, Gay, Gatlin,Blake have all returned positive test for one substance or another.. How can Bolt be clean when you have 4 of the fastest of all time busted and he smashes them!!! The IAAF should just let them go for it!!! No testing. The can not police it anyway. Imagine seeing more guys running exciting...

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