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Justin Gatlin nipped Jamaica's Asafa Powell at the line to win the 100 meters in a time of 9.87 seconds at the season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday.
Powell got off to the faster start but Gatlin pulled even and then managed to get his head in front as they crossed the line.
Gatlin tied Powell's world record in Doha six years ago only to have the result erased when he was caught doping a few weeks later. Gatlin tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone, which led to a four-year ban.
Gatlin and Powell are gearing up for the London Olympics. Olympic champion Usain Bolt skipped the meet, along with Tyson Gay of the United States, who is recovering from injury.
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American Justin Gatlin nipped Jamaica's Asafa Powell at the line to win the 100 meters in a time of 9.87 seconds at the season-opening Diamond League meet on Friday.
Powell got off to the faster start but Gatlin pulled even and managed to get his head in front as they crossed the line.
''This is fastest I ever opened up my career,'' said Gatlin, who dedicated...
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...
With the London Olympics less than three months away, the season-opening Diamond League meet on Friday offers a chance for many of the world's elite athletes to chart their progress and renew old rivalries.
Some of the most intriguing matchups are in the 100 meters, with Jamaica's Asafa Powell facing his countryman Nesta Carter and American Justin Gatlin. Olympic champion...