LONDON (GBR): IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe has said that he has “big problems” with Justin Gatlin’s presence on the IAAF Athlete of the Year shortlist, inform AP. “I think you’d be pretty surprised if I did sit here and was sanguine about that. I personally have big problems with that,” said the former middle distance star, who is in the running to be the next IAAF president.
BATH (GBR): Top British hurdler Dai Greene feels that Justin Gatlin’s spectacular 2014 season has been fueled by performance enhancing drugs, report the BBC. He believes that Gatlin’s 2014 success, which included 9.77 and 19.68 clockings for 100m and 200m respectively, show one of two things; “either he’s still taking performance-enhancing drugs to get the best out of him at his advanced age, or the ones he did take are still doing a fantastic job. “Because there is no way he can still be running that well at this late point in his career. “After having years on the sidelines, being unable to train or compete, it doesn’t really add up. 9.77 is an incredibly fast time. You only have to look at his performances. I don’t believe in them.”
LONDON (GBR): Gatlin’s agent, former 110 m hurdles world record holder Renaldo Nehemiah, defended his client. Informs BBC. “Justin would have run these times, and faster, had his overzealous coach, Trevor Graham, not tried to get him there sooner than he would’ve naturally gotten there,” Nehemiah told the BBC, mentioning the coach Gatlin worked under when he failed a drug test in 2006. So, what Justin is doing right now, I’m not surprised by that. His body is rested for four years, so he wasn’t racing. And he was the talent that I always knew he was. It’s between the rest, and the talent that he always had, and the determination to prove everyone wrong, to prove that he was always this good.”
RESTON (USA): Agent Renaldo Nehemiah also confirmed that Justin Gatlin will not compete during the coming indoor season but concentrate on summer. It has logic behind as for US athletes during the 2015 indoor no global event is in the calendar. Next World Indoor Championships are planned for 2016 in Portland, USA. Nehemiah also added that Gatlin was tested multiple times this year out and in the competition.