Gatlin Wins 100 Meters At Golden Spike

Justin Gatlin remained unbeaten this season by winning the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year.

Gatlin pulled away from the rest of the pack from the start, easing to his eighth victory of the year despite facing a head wind of 0.4 meters per second.

“I felt good to come out here to run another world leading time,” he said. “I was looking for a better time but I’m very happy with it.”

Gatlin had set the previous world-leading time of 9.87 at the Beijing World Challenge meet last month.

In a 1-2 finish for the United States, Mike Rodgers came second in 10.08 ahead of veteran Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis, who was third in 10.12.

Gatlin came to Ostrava to replace Usain Bolt, the Olympic and world champion who announced this month he would skip the Golden Spike and a Diamond League meet in Paris on July 5 because he was behind with his training following a foot injury.

“I hope he gets better,” Gatlin said about his rival. “I hope his foot heals up and hopefully I’ll see him this year, or maybe next year. I want to race against the best.” — Reuters

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