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Gatlin wins as Gay returns

Saturday, July 05, 2014

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, - American Justin Gatlin trumped Tyson Gay on the latter's return from a one-year doping ban, clocking a blistering 9.80sec to win the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne yesterday.

Gay, running in lane two inside US champion Mike Rodgers with Gatlin in four, got off to a clean start.

Head down, he powered into his drive phase, but Gatlin had the measure of Gay and put in an impressive second half of the race to steam home, only six sprinters having gone quicker. Gay clocked 9.93sec.

World athletics' governing body, the IAAF, announced last week that it would not appeal the reduced one-year sanction for doping served by Gay.

He was banned in June 2013 after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid in two out-of-competition tests.

His ban, reduced from two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to Gay's cooperation, ended on June 23. Gatlin has also served a doping ban.

Having won the Olympic 100m gold in the Athens Games in 2004 and bronze in London eight years later, he served a four-year ban between 2006-10.

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