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US sprinter Justin Gatlin wins second comeback race

Justin Gatlin
Gatlin's next race is set to be in Finland on 21 August

United States sprinter Justin Gatlin won his second 100m comeback race since returning from a four-year doping ban.

The 2004 Athens Olympic gold medallist was running at the Ergo World challenge meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, and clocked a time of 10.17 seconds.

Gatlin, 28, returned from his ban on 3 August, also in Estonia, running 10.24 seconds, his personal best is 9.85.

The American was banned because of a positive test for the male sex hormone testosterone and its precursors.

Gatlin, though, has always insisted he has never knowingly taken a performance-enhancing substance.


The American regained his eligibility to compete in July but he was expected to have difficulty finding races even after the ban ended because of a Euro Meetings recommendation not to invite athletes who bring disrepute to the sport.

He won the 100m and 200m sprint double at the 2005 World Championships to add to his 2004 Olympic 100m title but has been out of action since June 2006, although he still hopes to race at the 2012 Olympics.

Gatlin got off to a sluggish start on Sunday, but his acceleration at the halfway point helped him to pull away from the rest of the field and finish the race comfortably in first place.

"I think it was a good race," said Gatlin. "My body's been aching a bit due to a lot of training."

Gatlin is next likely to race at the Joensuu Games in Finland on 21 August.

see also
Gatlin returns after ban with win
03 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Gatlin sets 2012 Olympics target
28 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Gatlin drugs ban appeal rejected
06 Jun 08 |  Athletics
Gatlin fails in new Olympic bid
26 Jun 08 |  Athletics
GB drugs chief in Olympic pledge
31 Jul 06 |  Olympics 2012
Gatlin faces prospect of life ban
30 Jul 06 |  Athletics
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