Gatlin Breaks Bolt's Rome Record
Gatlin Breaks Bolt`s Rome Record
Four days on from riding to the rescue of his beleaguered sport in the 100 metres, the Jamaican attempted to make it four successive half-lap world crowns. Jamaica`s Usain Bolt earned a double and claimed a record 10th gold medal with a convincing victory in the 200 meters on Thursday at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, denying rival Justin Gatlin with a time of 19.55. Just as he did on Sunday in the 100 meters, Bolt finished ahead of the American to further solidify himself as the fastest man in the world.ROME, Italy (AFP) — American Justin Gatlin snatched the track record held by sprint rival Usain Bolt as he cruised to victory in the men`s 100 metres at the Rome Diamond League meet on Thursday. Gatlin also won the 200m in Helsinki, becoming the second person in athletics history to win both sprint distances during a single World Championship (the first was Maurice Greene during the 1999 championships in Seville , the third - Tyson Gay during the 2007 championships in Osaka and the 4th - Usain Bolt during the 2009 championships in Berlin ). In the 200m event, American athletes earned the top four places, the first time any country had done so in World Championship athletics history.In 2002, Gatlin received a two-year ban when amphetamines were found in his system. On June 6, , Gatlin beat world record holder Usain Bolt by one-hundredth of a second and won the 100 meters at the Golden Gala meet in Rome, Italy 21 On August 11, , Gatlin won a silver medal behind Usain Bolt in the 100m at the IAAF World Championships in a time of 9.85. Bolt won the race in 9.77. Gatlin also took another silver in the 4x100m relay, crossing the line in 37.66 seconds, behind Jamaica who won in 37.36 seconds.Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Red Button, Radio 5 live, online, mobiles, tablets and app. BEIJING, China (Reuters) - Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin looked in fine form as they ran the fastest times of the 200-metre semi-finals yesterday to set up a mouthwatering second sprint showdown today, at the world , who beat Gatlin when they clashed for the first time this year in the 100 metres final, looked relaxed and took time to chat with a fellow competitor as he approached the line to win his heat with his first sub-20 second time of the year.Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin set up the sequel to their world championship sprint showdown on Wednesday, both winning their semifinal heats in the 200 meters. Whatever about his shaky start to the season, there`s no denying Bolt`s championship credentials: with the obvious exception of the 2011 World Championships in Daegu (where he false-started in the 100m), he`s consistently delivered his season`s best in the final (including the Beijing Olympics and 2009 World Championships in Berlin, where he also set world records).
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