June 6, 2013
ROME, Italy - Former Tennessee track & field standout Justin Gatlin upset London Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt on Thursday, winning the 100-meter race at the Rome Golden Gala Diamond League series event.
Gatlin, an Olympic gold medalist in 2004 and bronze medal winner in the event this summer, clocked in at 9.94 seconds, just one hundredth of a second ahead of the Jamaican.
"Bolt is a great competitor and a great champion," said Gatlin. "To come out here and have a victory, it just stamps that I'm having a good season."
Bolt took the lead out of the blocks on the straightaway at the Stadio Olimpico, but Gatlin edged ahead by the halfway mark and never looked back. It's only the third-career loss in the 100m for Bolt.
The former NCAA Champion is now unbeaten through five races in the event this season and is shaping up to be a serious threat to Bolt at this year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow this August.