Despite suffering an injury scare world 100m champion Justin Gatlin remains to defend his title.
Gatlin pulled up injured whilst competing in Zagreb on Tuesday holding on his hamstring as he dared to finish fourth at the race in a time of 10.29 secs.
His supervisor Renaldo Nehemiah has stated he will go back to training within a week following tests proved negative on almost any harm to the people.
“He explained he started to sense something catching, so that he immediately attempted to shield against any potential injury happening,” Nehemiah said.
Tests to Gatlin’s hamstring”revealed he had 100 per cent power in the leg and there were no adhesions or something,” Nehemiah added.
This had been the second time within a week that the 37-year-old had slowed in a race when leading.
Gatlin, with the fourth quickest time over 100m this season with 9.87 secs, finished fourth in the Zurich Diamond League final on August 29. Three days later he returned to form, winning a 100m race in Switzerland in 9.97 seconds.
The sprinter won Olympic gold in Athens but served a ban for doping between 2006 and 2010. He returned to win a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2012 in London and then went on to win medals at the world championships in 2013 and 2015 before winning silver.
He went in the world championships in London in 2017 with gold in the 100m. This season he will look to defend this title at Doha.
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