Gatlin continues 100m Diamond League form

MONACO – American sprinter Justin Gatlin continued his fine form by clocking 9.78 to win the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet yesterday — and then warned his rivals that he can go even faster at the world championships next month, with the right start.

Gatlin, undefeated in the 100m since 2013, comfortably beat countryman Tyson Gay and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut on a hot night at Monaco’s Stade Louis II stadium that saw a world record from Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba in the women’s 1500 metres.

Gay, who earlier teamed up with Gatlin as the American men won the 4x100m relay, clocked 9.97, with Vicaut finishing in 10.03.

Gatlin’s time was 0.04 outside his world-leading season-best, but he is the man to beat at the world championships in Beijing next month as title holder Usain Bolt struggles with a leg injury.

“Makes me feel really good, to go out there and dominate such a stellar race today,” Gatlin said.

“The good thing is I have three weeks at home to get rest, make sure I have the best opportunity and (be) faster when I go to Beijing.”

Gatlin was slightly slower than last week, however, when he clocked 9.75 at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Hopefully 9.7 is going to be my standard, (I’ll) get some rest and run faster in Beijing.

“I can go home now, study all my races from this season, see where my flaws are and come out blazing in Beijing,” Gatlin said.

“Flaws? Yeah, definitely.

“In Lausanne my steps from the start weren’t as good as my coach wanted.”

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