Gatlin, Gay game for Jamaican challenge

Jun 26, 2012, 08:36 IST | AFP

Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay served notice they will be ready to challenge Usain Bolt at the London Olympics in the 100 metres after qualifying for the Games with impressive times on Sunday

“I think there’s a lot left in the tank,” Gatlin warned. “I was pleased with my time and the effort I left on the track.”

Justin Gatlin

Gatlin lowered his own season best from the 9.87 he ran to win last month in Doha and served notice he was aiming at reigning Olympic champion and world record-holder Bolt. “I don’t think I would come back to a sport where I’m OK getting second or third,” Gatlin said.

“We all have our eyes on that prize we want to get at the end,” Gatlin said. “If there are three Jamaicans we have to get out of the way, that will be our goal.”

Tyson Gay. Pics/AFP

“I love entertainment,” Gatlin said. “If he wants to tap dance, that’s fine. His lane is as long as my lane. I have to worry about me. If that gets him in ‘the zone’, that’s fine, let him do that.”

Gay was second in 9.86 with Ryan Bailey third in 9.93 for the last London berth. “I just wanted to make the team,” Gay said. “That’s probably all I could ask for right now. I’m on the way up. I’m just going to continue to take care of my body and stay healthy,” Gay said.

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