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Justin Gatlin finished 100m race at Rome Diamond League in record time

Jun 6, 2015 10:00 IST

American Sprinter Justin Gatlin on 4 June 2015 finished the 100m race at the Rome Diamond League in record 9.75 sec held in Rome, Italy.

With this, he has become the fastest man in the history of Rome Diamond League in 100m discipline having broken the track record held by Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Bolt finished the race in 9.76 sec in 2012.

However, both the sprinters registered their victories in each other’s absence.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion who served a four-year doping ban in 2006-2010 for using testosterone, stopped the clock at 9.75sec to match the seventh-fastest time in history at the distance.

It is the second time Gatlin has run under 9.80 in this season, after storming his way to a personal best of 9.74 sec in Doha in May 2015.

Bolt, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, holds the world record in 100m category which he had set with 9.58 sec in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.

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