May 17, 2006

Gatlin wants world record to himself

By Gene Cherry

DURHAM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Justin Gatlin wants the
100 metres world record to himself.

The Olympic and world champion also wants the IAAF to take
another look at the timing picture of his race in Doha last
Friday that was announced as a world-record 9.76 seconds.

The IAAF said on Wednesday that Gatlin's winning time was
actually 9.77 seconds, tying but not breaking Asafa Powell's
world record.

The governing body said the time was adjusted because
officials, after looking at the timing picture, neglected to
round up his mark of 9.766 seconds to the next hundredth as
required by IAAF rules.

"Any average person would be highly upset with the
situation," Gatlin told Reuters after a workout at North
Carolina Central University in Durham. "It took five days or
more to change it."

"It (the time) needs to be re-evaluated once again because
it does not seem to be as a professional situation as it could
be," he added.

"This is the world record," Gatlin said. "It's not like
9.84 or 9.89 where you can come back and change it.

"It is something that will be under scrutiny every time
someone breaks the world record."

Gatlin said he still considered himself the fastest man in
the world.

"My job is to go out there and run fast and threaten world
records and that's what I plan on doing," he said.

"This will only motivate me to go out there and run faster.
I was very upset this morning but that anger turned to
motivation. I want to be the first man to run 9.7 twice.

"When I broke the world record my plan was to break the
world record again so nothing has changed," he said.

Gatlin and Powell are scheduled to run in separate 100
metres races at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on
May 28 before a showdown in Gateshead, England, on June 11.

"Everybody needs to be patient," Gatlin said. "We're trying
to put together the best race possible. Neither one of us is
scared of the other.

"This matchup, this bout can be one of the greatest in
track and field history."