Gatlin makes Rio with year’s best 100m time

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Amer­i­can sprinter Justin Gatlin ran the fastest 100m time of the year at the US Olympic tri­als for Rio 2016.

The 2012 bronze medal­list, 34 fin­ished in 9.80 sec­onds, beat­ing 20-year-old Trayvon Bromell who qual­i­fied for his first Olympics.

World cham­pion Allyson Felix also set the year’s fastest time in the women’s 400m.

The 30-year-old, who won 200m gold in Lon­don, fin­ished in 49.68secs de­spite still re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury.

“Two months ago I couldn’t even walk. Some­how we found a way,” Felix said.

Mean­while Yo­han Blake claimed vic­tory in the 200m Ja­maican Olympic tri­als, fin­ish­ing in 20.29 sec­onds - his best time since fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Usain Bolt in 19.44 sec­onds at Lon­don 2012.

Bolt was forced to with­draw from the tri­als on Satur­day after suf­fer­ing a ham­string tear in the 100m semi-fi­nals.

Blake, who also won the 100m, said that he did not think Bolt’s in­jury was se­ri­ous enough to rule him out of Rio.

Justin Gatlin com­petes with Usain Bolt of Ja­maica and oth­ers in the men's 100m dur­ing the 14th IAAF World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Moscow

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