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Justin Gatlin Breaks World Record in 100 Meters

13 May 2006

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By Alex Ray
SPRINTIC MAGAZINE


World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin broke the 100-metre world record with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix.

"I am the best of the best because I am the Olympic champion, the World champion and the World record holder now," said Gatlin. "I thought I would do it and I kept my word. I am a man who likes challenges and my acceleration today was phenomenal."

"The timings could be further improved this year, probably in Europe".



The 24-year-old American beat the previous mark of 9.77 set by Jamaica's Asafa Powell in Athens in June last year.

Gatlin and Powell ran 9.95s in separate races last weekend and will face each other at the Gateshead meet in England on June 11.

When Powell set the record last year, he bettered the mark of 9.79 set by Maurice Greene in Athens in June 1999.

Tim Montgomery's mark of 9.78, set in Paris in 2002, was wiped off the books after he was banned for two years in the BALCO doping scandal.

Previous recent 100-metre record-holders included Canadian Donovan Bailey (9.84), Leroy Burrell (9.85) and Carl Lewis (9.86).



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