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With an absence of Usain Bolt, this year's currently two fastest men,  Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell will clash in the 100m on Thursday at Lausanne Diamond League meet. 

 

Controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who is leading the world with 9.74 seconds returns to action after setting a sensational personal best time of 19.68 seconds over 200m at USA championships on June 28. The 33-year-old Gatlin, last time raced the 100m on June 4 in Rome Diamond league where he won the event with a massive 9.75 seconds beating Usain Bolt's meeting and stadium record by 0.01 seconds.

The former world record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell after several struggling seasons has finally regained his past form. Currently ranked #2 in the world Powell took  Jamaican trials in 9.84 seconds. Last Saturday at Diamond League meet in Paris, Powell clocked 9.81 seconds winning his first Diamond league meet since 2012 when he won 100m in Shanghai. 

Also entered  in Lausausanne  meet is Trinidad and Tobago Keston Bledman, who set his country's national record of 9.86 seconds 10 days ago. Former world champion Tyson Gay SB 9.87sec, Mike Rodgers SB 9.86 sec and Ryan Bailey will also line up in the 100m on July 9 in Lausanne. 

 




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