USC freshman-to-be Michael Norman was almost shy about approaching four-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin on Friday after Norman won their 200-meter dash semifinal at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
Norman, whose time of 20.21 seconds ranks among the best ever by a high school sprinter, was unsure Gatlin would recall they had met, at a track clinic. “I just asked if he remembered me,” Norman said. “I didn’t want to talk to him before the race because everybody was getting into their zone.”
Gatlin, timed in 20.23 seconds, remembered him and embraced him. At the rate Norman is going, he won’t be forgotten by anyone anytime soon.