May 13, 2006 at 12:55 am #5194
Olympic and World champion Justin Gatlin set the men's world 100m record Friday at the Qatar Super Grand Prix in Doha.
Gatlin broke the world record with his time of 9.76 seconds with a wind reading of +1.7 meters per second. The previous record of 9.77 was held by Jamaican Asafa Powell set in Athens on June 14, 2005.
“It is amazing I did it,” Gatlin told Reuters. “It took a lot of discipline and dedication. You will see many more performances like this from me in the future.”
Gatlin and Powell will face off against each other June 11 in the 100 meters at Gateshead, England.
“We are thrilled that Justin has joined the handful of all-time greats who have been the Olympic and World champion and the 100 meter world record holder,” said USA Track & Field CEO Craig Masback. “He has made all of America proud and we congratulate him,” Masback added.
For more information on Justin Gatlin, including his complete bio, visit http://www.usatf.org.
NEWS FLASH – Gatlin breaks 100m World Record – IAAF World Athletics Tour
World and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin broke the 100 metres World record** with a time of 9.76 (wind +2m/s) at an IAAF World Athletics Tour Super Grand Prix meeting tonight.
The 24-year-old American beat the previous mark of 9.77 set by Jamaica's Asafa Powell in Athens in June last year, to finish ahead of Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba (9.84), a new African record, and fellow American Shawn Crawford (10.08), the Olympic 200 metres champion.
9.76sec, the full story from Doha – IAAF World Athletics Tour
Doha, Qatar – When Justin Gatlin ran a season's opener of 9.95 last weekend in Osaka, Japan with what he said was a good start but a terrible pick-up, we thought we might be in for something special from the World and Olympic 100m champion.
But it came sooner than even he expected, as he admitted after breaking the World record** this evening at the Qatar Super Grand Prix leg of the IAAF World Athletics Tour in Doha.
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