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Gatlin fires warning shot at Bolt with second fastest time in 100m

June 26, 2012 - London

Justin Gatlin has warned the world fastest man Usain Bolt that his eyes are set on gold at the London Olympics.

Gatlin, who convicted for taking drugs, won the 100m in a time of 9.80secs which only Bolt has bettered this year.

Gatlin along with Tyson Gay qualified for the Olympics in the 100 metres during the US Olympic trials at Eugene.

It was faster than the time he clocked when winning the 2004 Olympics and convinced the American that he can wear the world's fastest man crown again in London.

"We're going to go down there to take on the Jamaicans and anybody else who stands in our way. I don't think I would come back to a sport where I would be okay getting second or third. We all have our eye on the prize. We want to get that gold," he said.

"So if it's going to be three Jamaicans in our way or the whole world in our way, that's what it's going to take to get around that and get that gold medal," The Mirror quoted him, as saying.

Gatlin spoke of himself as a "true warrior" over the weekend, insisting he had left behind his dark past - and been tested "multiple times" since his return.

Gatlin, who had won the Olympic 100 meters in 2004 and took double gold in the 100-200 at the world championships a year later, started the ban in 2006, the same year he equaled the world record - a 9.77 that was voided after he tested positive for an elevated testosterone level.


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