Gatlin pips Asafa Powell in 100m
American Justin Gatlin took another huge step to sprinting redemption by pipping Asafa Powell by a head at the line to win the 100m in 9.87sec at the opening meeting of the Diamond League here yesterday.
Powell, Jamaica’s former world record-holder, got off to a flying start but Gatlin stuck with him and came through at the end, even looking left across the Jamaican at his time on the board as he crossed the line.
“You’ve got to take track and field as a soap opera with spikes on,” Gatlin said of his return to the circuit and mixed welcome back from fans and pundits. “Everybody wants to see great competition.
They’ve watched the Usain Bolt show for a couple of years, they want to see someone else in the mix and I’m happy to step up and be in the mix as well.”