Gatlin coasts to win in 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix

May 8, 2016

KAWASAKI, Japan (AP) Justin Gatlin of the United States clocked 10.02 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday.

Gatlin crossed the finish line .19 seconds ahead of Japan's Ryota Yamagata and Ramon Gittens of Barbados who clocked 10.26.

Gatlin said he was pleased with the way he is running at this point in the season as he prepares to challenge Usain Bolt at the Rio Olympics.

Tianna Bartoletta of the United States won the women's 100 with a time of 11.23, .07 seconds ahead of Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria. Barbara Pierre, also of the U.S., was third in 11.40.


Bartoletta is the world champion in the long jump and won that event with a leap of 6.61 meters, beating Australia's Brooke Stratton (6.55) and Xu Xiaoling of China who was third with a jump of 6.47.