Gatlin breezes to victory at Shanghai Diamond League

Sat May 14, 2016 10:28am EDT
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(Reuters) - American Justin Gatlin stepped up his preparations for the Rio Olympics with an impressive victory in the 100 meters at the Diamond League in Shanghai on Saturday.

Gatlin, who has twice served bans for doping, was unbeaten at 100 and 200 meters in 2015 until he faced an out-of-form Usain Bolt in the world championships in Beijing last August.

Bolt, the Olympic champion, won both the races but Gatlin showed in Shanghai that he was gearing up to challenge the Jamaican again at the Rio Games in August.

Gatlin led from the start and won in 9.94 seconds with Qatar's Femi Ogunode, the quickest over 100m this year with 9.91 in Florida last month, finishing second in 10.07.

"I came out here to execute and I know being an Olympic year, it is a long season and my coach and I have a plan," Gatlin said.

"He is training me like Mike Tyson to knock out the opposition and keep swinging.

"The ankle injury over the winter made it a difficult preparation, but Diamond League races are important to win."

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Justin Gatlin (L) of the U.S. competes.   Athletics - IAAF Athletics Diamond League meeting - Men's 100m - Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China - 14/5/16. REUTERS/Aly Song