Justin Gatlin ComebackReported by News Circle on Monday, 25 June 2012 (on June 25, 2012)
Justin Gatlin Comeback, Gatlin a comeback story for new era - Justin Gatlin: The fastest man in the country walked off the track and tried to catch his breath. Each congratulatory hug squeezed a bit more air out of him, but he wasn’t complaining.
Recent hardships buoyed Justin Gatlin’s sense of accomplishment, but it was impossible to ignore what exactly his blistering performance at Sunday’s U.S. Olympic track and field trials had earned him: a likely date with Usain Bolt and his speedy Jamaican teammates.
“It’s not going to take just one person,” Gatlin said. “I can’t sit here and say I’m going to take down the world or the Jamaicans by myself. It’s going to take an arsenal.”
A bad drug test forced Gatlin to miss four years’ worth of competition. While he was away, Bolt established himself as a runner without peer. After posting a personal-best time of 9.80 seconds in the men’s 100 meters Sunday, Gatlin provided hints that a competitive race might await Bolt in London.
At the very least, Gatlin certainly isn’t willing to concede anything to Bolt, Yohan Blake or Asafa Powell, who’ve combined to post five of the six fastest 100-meter times the world has seen this year.
“I don’t think I would come back to a sport where I’m okay with getting second or third,” Gatlin said.
Gatlin’s American teammates aren’t much for consolation prizes either. Tyson Gay, who missed a full year of competition due to a hip injury, finished second to Gatlin on Sunday with a time of 9.86. “Bittersweet,” he called the finish.
“I always want to win,” he said. “Came in second. I guess at the end of the day, it’s about making the team, so I got to make sure I turn this little frown into a happy face.”
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