Eugene - US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who posted the top 100m time of 2015 in
Doha last week, will race his first 200m of the world championship season at
the Eugene Diamond League meeting on May 30.
Organizers said the 33-year-old, who is the reigning two-time IAAF Diamond
Trophy winner at 100m, will go up against 2014 200m Diamond Trophy winner
Alonso Edward of Panama.
The field is also slated to include Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade, who won the
last 200m contested at Eugene in 2013.
Gatlin, who clocked a world-leading 9.74sec at the Diamond League meeting in
Doha on Friday hasn't lost a race at any distance since 2013, including a 200m
best of 19.68 posted last year.
His wind-aided 9.76 in the 100m at Eugene last year was the fastest in meet
history under any conditions.
Since his sizzling Doha performance, Gatlin - who served a four-year doping
ban that ended in 2010 - was involved this week in controversy at the World
Challenge meeting at Beijing.
He claimed he was expelled by organizers who believed he was carrying an
Meet officials, however, said they were "perplexed" by Gatlin's
claim he was treated disrespectfully, adding that the sprinter's manager had
not communicated with them before Gatlin announced his withdrawal at a pre-meet
Gatlin, who had told reporters he wanted to run despite suffering from
cramps after arriving from Doha, later said on Twitter the whole incident had
been smoothed over.
"All is fine with Beijing org & me," he
tweeted."We have a great relationship and I look forward to
being there in Aug for worlds & next year for the meet."