Gatlin and Gay to centrestage in Monaco

Jul 17, 2015, 07:23 IST | AFP

Monaco: Another sparkling line-up, including the in-form Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay will take to the track in Monaco today as athletes fine tune preparations for next month's world championships.

Justin Gatlin (left) and Tyson Gay
Justin Gatlin (left) and Tyson Gay 

Jamaican Usain Bolt again sits out a trip to Monte Carlo, instead opting to race in the London Anniversary Games later this month having battled a pelvic injury. Despite his absence, the men's 100m at the 10th stage of the Diamond League is an impressive one.

Usain Bolt absent
Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, notched up his 26th successive sprint victory at Lausanne last week, confirming himself as favourite to take Bolt's double sprint titles at the Beijing worlds should the towering Jamaican be slightly off form and fitness.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and 2005 double world sprint champion before returning from a second four-year ban to win the 2012 world 60m indoor title, Olympic bronze at the London Games and a world silver in Moscow a year later, will be up against the world's second fastest man in Tyson Gay and the up-and-coming, the 20-year-old US track sensation who ran a personal best of 9.84sec in Eugene in June.

"I've never had any injuries, I've been away from the sport for four years. I literally didn't run for four years, so my body's rested," said Gatlin.

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