Gatlin makes a statement, even at age 33
By Gene Cherry
EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Somehow Justin Gatlin keeps getting faster and faster.
Five years after completing a four-year doping ban that would have ended the career of most sprinters, the controversial American unloaded an eye-popping 19.57 seconds in the 200 metres at the U.S. world championships trials on Sunday.
At age 33.
Only four men, including world record holder Usain Bolt (19.19), have ever run faster.
Gatlin's coach, Dennis Mitchell, had told him to just go out and make the American team for Beijing by finishing in the top three.
But Gatlin had other ideas.
"I wanted to go out and make a statement, and that's what I did," he said.
A fast start and a solid run around the bend, and he was gone. Continued...