Win Over Bolt is Onset for Bigger Things

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The London Olympic Bronze medallist Justin Gatlin likes considers last month's victories in Diamond League as the beginning act of journey that will bring him and Bolt together again on a much larger stage later this year, he said.

"I would not consider it a fluke," Gatlin told a news conference ahead of Thursday's start of the US championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

"I would consider it a prelude to something better and greater. I want to have faster, greater competitions against him."

Many have called the rare loss a blip in Bolt's preparations for August's world championships in Moscow, a race soon to be forgotten.

Not Gatlin:

 "I like racing against Usain, (Jamaican world champion) Yohan (Blake) and Tyson," he said. "It is an adrenaline rush."

"Some people probably think it is impossible to beat him when he is at his peak performance," Gatlin said. "You just have to make sure you make someone like him feel as uncomfortable as possible in a race strategy.

"You have to continuously beat someone, especially in our field, to be able to feel like you have really beaten them," the American said. "A one-off in our field is considered a fluke."

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