• Gatlin Blazes to Lifetime Best of 9.74 in Doha

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USA's sprinter Justin Gatlin stormed to a lifetime best over 100m at the Diamond League opener in Doha on Friday night.

Twice for doping banned Gatlin won Diamond League's most popular race in a new world leading and personal best mark of 9.74 seconds.

"It was a magical night for me," Gatlin said. "Doha is a great place for me and with that performance I put out a statement."

Michael Rodgers (USA) crossed the line in second in 9.93 seconds with  Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Keston Bledman was third in 10.01.

The 33-year-old Gatlin has left a clear message that he is ready to meet and  battle world's fastest man Usain Bolt at world championships in Beijing.

Diamond League Doha Qatar Men 100m Results

1. Justin GATLIN USA 82 9.74WL
2. Michael RODGERS USA 85 9.96
3. Keston BLEDMAN TTO 8 10.01
4. Kim COLLINS SKN 76 10.03
5. Femi OGUNODE QAT 91 10.04
6. Nesta CARTER JAM 85 10.07
7. DionDre BATSON USA 92 10.10
8. James DASAOLU GBR 87 10.14


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