For Justin Gatlin, Doha will always be the place he made history - even if his record is no longer in the books.
The American tied Asafa Powell's then-world record in the 100 meters by running 9.77 seconds in May, 2006. It was initially clocked at 9.76 before a timing error was discovered four days later.
However, the revised time was erased after he tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone two months later.
Now 30, Gatlin doesn't want to dwell on the four-year ban that followed, instead preferring to remember a ''magical night.'' The 2004 Olympic gold medalist will race against Powell and Nesta Carter at the season-opening Diamond League meet on Friday.
''It's a very special place for me,'' Gatlin said Wednesday. ''The night that I broke the world record was a magical night.
''Running the first round and basically equaling my PR, and coming back and knowing the second round could be faster with a better ef...