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and tell us the 100m and 19.57 in the 200m this year. Powell boasts a season best of 9.84 in the 100m and Gay clocked 9.87 at the US Track and Field Championships last Sunday.
Bolt was due to race at the Paris Diamond League, which took place last night, but then suddenly announced his withdrawal from the event – as well as the Lausanne one on Thursday.
His last race was the Diamond leg of the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 13.
With Bolt out of action, Gatlin and Gay are heading into their last big build-up at the global track and field meeting in China from August 22-30.
Expectations are high that Gatlin and co might be in good enough shape to dethrone Bolt, who has held all but one (the 100m) short sprint titles since he burst on to the scene at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, Germany.
Bolt and Gatlin have not competed against each other since the Jamaican ace beat the American to the 100m gold medal at Moscow’s global championships in August 2013.
The two sprinters would have avoided each other at the Switzerland Diamond meeting on Thursday, as Gatlin entered the 100m against Powell and Gay.
The USA, a one-time dominant force in men’s sprinting, have not won a short-sprint title since Gay’s 100m and 200m double victory in 2007.