JUSTIN Gatlin sent a
message to Usain Bolt after
winning the 100 meter
race at a time of 9.74 at the
Diamond League on Friday
ahead of their 2015 world
athletics championships.
While Bolt hasn’t made
his season debut yet, it was
an early marker from Gatlin
ahead of their anticipated
showdown at the World
Championships in Beijing
in August.
‘’That was for him (Bolt),’
Gatlin said. ‘I just wanted to
go out and put down a good
time. I know I had to go out
and make a statement . That
is what my coach told me
to do.’
There was a big gap
between Gatlin and his
chasers, with U.S. relay
teammate Michael Rodgers
second in 9.96 and Keston
Bledman of Trinidad and
Tobago third in 10.01.
Gatlin was the fastest man
in the world last season
over both 100m and 200m
while Bolt rested, but went
even faster in his first 100 of
2015, despite the sweltering
heat at Qatar Sports Club.
Some other big names did
not do as well on the night.
Double Olympic and world
long-distance champion Mo
Farah made his Doha debut, but
had a rare loss on an outdoor
track when he couldn’t catch
Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet
in the 3,000m. That brought
raucous cheers from the
Ethiopian fans dress in their red,
yellow and green soccer shirts
in one corner of the stadium.
The defeat for Farah, who is

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