Shanghai: US sprinter Justin Gatlin yesterday praised the new generation of track competitors, particularly fellow American Trayvon Bromell, as the 34-year-old veteran prepares for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Justin Gatlin and Trayvon Bromwell
Gatlin, who won the 100 metres gold at the 2004 Games in Athens, said he was readying for the US trials with his eye on the 20-year-old, who swept to victory in the 60 metres at the World Athletics Championships in March.
"I believe that Trayvon Bromell is a huge talent, still in the making," he told a news conference in Shanghai ahead of the Diamond League meeting in China's commercial hub. "I definitely can't count him out, but I can't anybody else out who's going to line up against us for the Olympic trials. They'll be ready too."
Bromell took the bronze medal in the 100 metres at the World Championships in Beijing last August, when he finished behind Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and Gatlin — who also lost to Bolt in the 200-metre run .