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Fired up Justin Gatlin throws down the gauntlet

IN THE RUNNING: Justin Gatlin

JUSTIN GATLIN ran the fastest 100m time of the year at the US Olympic trials for Rio 2016.

The 2004 Athens gold medallist, 34, finished with a time of 9.80 seconds, narrowly pipping 20-year-old Trayvon Bromell – who will debut at this summer’s games.

The American sprinter – who won bronze at London 2012 – whose career has been plagued by controversy, having served two doping bans in the last 15 years, has seemingly got his career back on track.
"I was crying inside," he said.

"I got down on one knee after I crossed the finish line and was crying inside. I just want to get healthy, get strong and be able to represent the United States."
Gatlin’s time was his best of the season and the fastest time set by any American sprinter this year.

Sprinter, Yohan Blake, meanwhile won in the 200m Jamaican Olympic trials.
Blake raced a time of 20.29 seconds – his quickest since finishing second behind Usain Bolt at London 2012.

Bolt withdrew from Saturday’s following a hamstring tear in the 100 semi-finals; Blake came away as the victor of the 100m final.
In other news, Allyson Felix recorded the fastest time of the year in the women’s 400m.
Felix, 30, won gold in the 200m at London 2012 and finished with a time of 49.68 secs.

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