In a copyrighted story by Reuters, Justin Gatlin has pulled out of the Pre Classic 100 meters, which was one of the finest sprint fields to be assembled so far in 2018. Renaldo Nehemiah, the manager of Justin, noted that Mr. Gatlin suffered a hamstring strain while running the 4×100 meters in Osaka last week.
Nehemiah noted that Justin Gatlin needs to be 100 percent to run agains the likes of Christian Coleman, the 60m World record holder, and 2018 World Indoor Champ, Bingtian Su, the silver medalist from 2018 World Indoors, Ronnie Baker, the 2017 Pre Classic 100m winner, and CJ Ujah, the 2017 DL winner. Nehemiah also noted that, provided Justin Gatlin is all the way back to health, he should run in Ostrava on June 13.
Justin Gatlin is the 2017 World Champion at 100 meters as well as the 2005 World Champion. He is focusing on the 100 meters this season, and probably for the next few seasons as he looks to race through Tokyo 2020.
Justin Gatlin is a mature sprinter, who has extended his career much longer than many of his discipline. In 2017, he cut back on running 200 meters, as his then coach, Dennis MItchell told @runblogrun that the 200 meters was very hard on his body. A slight injury can turn into a season ending injury if not watched. Gatlin’s manager, the former WR in the 110m hurdles, understands Gatlin’s predicament better than others. This is a smart reponse to the Osaka injury. We hope to see Justin Gatlin back on the track soon.