U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin runs world’s 2 fastest 100 meters for 2014

Justin Gatlin
Justin Gatlin after winning the 100 meters on Wednesday in Beijing.
(Wang Zhao / AFP/Getty Images)

American sprinter Justin Gatlin is having a good week.

Over the last four days, Gatlin has recorded the two fastest 100-meter times in the world for 2014, setting the latest mark in China on Wednesday.

His 9.87-second time at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing was 0.05 of a second faster than the previous year’s best, which he set in Shanghai on Sunday.

“I think a lot of people take the off-year [between the Olympics and world championships] for granted,” he told the Associated Press after the weekend meet. “They want to use it as a rest year, just show their face, but I think this year is the year where you really show your talent.”


Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has been recovering from a foot injury and was scheduled to race next on June 17 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

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