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Justin Gatlin broadcasts his retirement

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On Feb. 10 (his fortieth birthday), American sprinting legend and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin introduced his retirement from athletics by way of Instagram. Gatlin will likely be hanging up his spikes after a 19-year profession that included an Olympic gold medal, a number of World Championship titles and a number of other doping bans.

Justin Gatlin
Gatlin within the 100m on the 2016 Rio Olympics. Picture: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil/ Artistic Commons

Gatlin gained the 100m and 200m dash double on the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005, and gold within the 100m on the 2017 World Championships in London, reaching a uncommon victory over Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. He was additionally part of the U.S. gold-medal-winning 4x100m relay group on the Doha World Championships in 2019.

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His profession was additionally tainted by doping scandals. Gatlin served two suspensions – one in 2001 and once more in 2006 – for his use of testosterone.

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In 2015, Gatlin turned the one man ever to run beneath 9.80 seconds within the 100m on 5 separate events throughout one season.

In his bid to turn into the oldest man to win a 100m medal at an Olympics, Gaitlin fell brief. On the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, Gatlin pulled up with a hamstring damage and limped throughout the end line in final place, ending his possibilities of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

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