Despite suffering an injury scare world 100m champion Justin Gatlin stays on track to defend his name.
Gatlin pulled up injured whilst competing in Zagreb on Tuesday holding on his hamstring as he dared to finish fourth in the race at a time of 10.29 secs.
His manager Renaldo Nehemiah has stated he will return to training in a week later tests revealed negative on almost any harm.
“He explained he began to sense something grabbing, so he promptly tried to protect against any potential injury happening,” Nehemiah said.
Tests to Gatlin’s hamstring”revealed he still had 100 per cent power from the leg and also there were no adhesions or something,” Nehemiah added.
It had been the second time within a week that the 37-year-old had slowed at a race when.
Gatlin, with the fourth quickest time over 100m this season together with 9.87 secs, finished fourth in the Zurich Diamond League closing on August 29. Three days later he returned to form, winning a 100m race at Switzerland in 9.97 seconds.
The American sprinter won Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 but then served a ban for doping between 2010 and 2006. He proceeded to win medals at the world championships in 2013 and 2015 before winning Olympic silver at Rio at 2016 then returned to win a bronze medal in the Olympics in London in 2012.
He went at the world championships in London in 2017. He will try to defend that title in Doha this season.
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