Former Vol Justin Gatlin Wins 100-Meter Title

June 26, 2005

After being disqualified from the 100-meter dash prelims for a false start Friday, former Vol Justin Gatlin won his appeal and rode it to gold at the USA outdoor championships at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Saturday. Gatlin and former Vols Leonard Scott (100) and Anthony Famiglietti (steeplechase) earned spots on Team USA for the world championships in August.

A protest was filed on behalf of Gatlin after he was disqualified for a false start in heat one of the 100 prelims Friday. Head men's referee Ed Gorman studied a print-out of the start of the race and determined that the runner in lane five, adjacent to Gatlin in lane four, was not motionless prior to the start. Therefore, Gatlin's protest was approved by the referee.

In the 100 semifinal, Gatlin raced to the second-fastest time of 10.00 to qualify for the final. Scott won heat two in 10.07, the fourth-fastest overall semifinal time.

In the 100 final, Gatlin took advantage of his second chance by storming to first in 10.08 against a 2.3 meters per second headwind. If the wind direction was reversed the time would have been classified wind aided. Scott also continued his fine season by earning a trip to the world championships after finishing third in the 100 final. Scott clocked in at 10.18. In Scott and Gatlin, two of Team USA's three 100 sprinters for the world championships were teammates on Tennessee's 2001 and 2002 NCAA championship squads.

"I got about three and a half hours of sleep last night," Gatlin said. "People called me from all over unhappy with whole incident from yesterday. In my race today I didn't want anyone to think that I had an unfair advantage, and I had to make sure that I came prepared. Now I also want to show that in the 200. There are a lot of young guys coming up, and it is a very competitive field where no one is dominating. The trials are very hard mentally. In 2003 I didn't make the team, and I wanted to make sure that it didn't happen here. In the 100 final, Maurice got out on me well, and I saw him ahead of me when I came out of my start. When he pulled up his hand smacked me in the forehead and had I not been leaning back, he would have hit me squarely in the nose."



The 100 continued to provide drama after being the center of attention during first-round heats on Friday. Saturday afternoon's nine-man final was a much-anticipated affair pitting 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gatlin against 2000 gold medalist and three-time world champion Maurice Greene, as well as Olympic 200 gold medalist Shawn Crawford, who had been the class of the first two rounds.

As the gun went off in the final, Scott burst from the blocks in lane four, clear of the field, with Greene getting out well in lane six while Crawford got left flat-footed in lane five. At 30 meters, Greene, Gatlin (in lane seven) and Crawford began moving on Scott. Greene began surging but then pulled up and crumpled to the track, grabbing what appeared to be his left hamstring, 70 meters into the race. In the meantime, Gatlin put on a stunning burst of speed in the final third in the race. Looking as if he were launched from a slingshot despite a 2.3 mps headwind, the 23-year-old Jesse Owens Award winner won easily in 10.08, with Crawford showing great composure to move up to second in 10.17 and Scott finishing third in 10.18.

Former Vol Famiglietti earned his trip to the world championships in the steeplechase. Famiglietti finished second in the steeplechase final with an 8:20.49 time, meeting the world championships `A' standard.

In the 200 prelims, Vol freshman Rubin Williams and Gatlin reserved lanes in the semifinal. Williams raced to the third-fastest prelim time of the day with a 20.52 clocking. Gatlin finished fourth with a 20.53 time in the 200. Scott did not enter the 200.

Late Friday, former Vol Leigh Smith took fourth in the javelin with a 239-feet, 11-inch throw.

The USA outdoor championships conclude Sunday.

Tennessee Results
Saturday, June 25, 2005
USA Outdoor Championships, Carson, Calif.
100 semifinal
1. Shawn Crawford, Nike 9.99 Q
2. Justin Gatlin, Nike 10.00 Q
4. Leonard Scott, Nike 10.07 Q
100 final
1. Justin Gatlin, Nike 10.08
3. Leonard Scott, Nike 10.18
200 prelim.
1. Tyson Gay, adidas 20.38 Q
3. Rubin Williams, Tenn. 20.52 Q
4. Justin Gatlin, Tenn. 20.53 Q
Steeplechase final
1. Daniel Lincoln, Nike 8:17.27
2. Anthony Famiglietti, adidas 8:20.49
Late Friday, June 24, 2005
1. Breaux Greer, adidas 259-10
4. Leigh Smith, New Balance 239-11
Q-qualified for semifinal/final.


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