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Gatlin feels the need for speed

12 April 2006
www.int.iol.co.za

Reigning world and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin said on Tuesday that he is taking aim this year at Jamaican Asafa Powell's world record of 9.77 seconds.

Gatlin said he hopes to run 9.75 seconds this season, adding: "If Asafa can do it, I can do it."

The world record becomes Gatlin's prize in an outdoor season without a World Championships to await.

"It would be a great time to try for the 100m world record," Gatlin said. "I'm the world champion. Of course I want that world record."

Gatlin's planned schedule includes a Grand Prix meet here in his hometown on June 3 as well as three appearances in England - at Gateshead on June 11, London on July 28 and Birmingham on August 20.

Gatlin captured three medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, adding 200m bronze and 4x100m relay silver to his sprint gold, which came in 9.85.

Gatlin also won world 100m and 200m titles last year, becoming only the second man to complete such a world sprint double and winning the 100 by the largest margin ever at the world meet.



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