Despite suffering an accident world 100m champion Justin Gatlin stays on track to defend his name.
Gatlin pulled up hurt whilst competing in Zagreb on Tuesday holding on to his hamstring as he faded to finish fourth at the race in a period of 10.29 secs.
His supervisor Renaldo Nehemiah has stated he will go back to training in a week after tests revealed negative on any harm to the hamstring.
“He explained he began to sense something grabbing, so that he promptly tried to safeguard against any potential harm occurring,” Nehemiah said.
Tests to Gatlin’s hamstring”revealed he had 100 per cent power in the leg and also there were not any adhesions or anything,” Nehemiah added.
This had been the second time within a week that the 37-year-old had slowed in a race whilst leading.
Gatlin, with the fourth quickest time over 100m this season with 9.87 secs, finished fourth at the Zurich Diamond League final 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 served a ban for doping between 2010 and 2006. He returned to win a bronze medal in the Olympics then went on to win medals at the world championships in 2013 and 2015 before winning silver in Rio in 2016.
He went at 2017 with gold in the 100m. This season he will try to defend this title at Doha.
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