Gatlin wins in Rome
Justin Gatlin won the 100 metres at the Golden Gala for a second straight year yesterday.
Gatlin, who set a year-leading time of 9.87 seconds last month, was in front from the start and finished in 9.91, 0.11 ahead of Jamaica’s Nesta Carter. Britain’s Adam Gemili was third.
It was a repeat of last year’s success for Gatlin, who edged Usain Bolt on the line.
It was an all-American podium in the 100 hurdles where Australia’s Olympic champion, Sally Pearson, pulled out shortly before the event after hurting herself in the warm-up.
World champion Brianna Rollins won on her Diamond League debut, with a year-best time of 12.53, 0.01 ahead of Dawn Harper-Nelson. Queen Harrison was third in 12.61.
In the women’s 100, American Tori Bowie smashed her personal best in winning in 11.05, as two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished only eighth.
Kerron Stewart was second, 0.03 behind Bowie, with Jamaican compatriot Simone Facey third.
American Lashawn Merritt recovered from his disappointment at the last Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon, where he was edged in a photo finish by Kirani James, to win the 400.