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ATHLETICS: Nike gives Gatlin new sponsorship deal

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 12:53 PM
Justin Gatlin

Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin has been given a new sponsorship deal by US sportswear giant Nike.

The 33-year-old American dominated the 100 metres and 200 metres in 2014, and is a favourite to win a golden double at August's World Championships.

Gatlin is a divisive figure, having served two doping bans, including a four-year suspension between 2006 and 2010.

Gatlin was sponsored by Nike prior to his second ban, but has been wearing Chinese firm Xtep's kit since 2012.

His US teammate Tyson Gay, who has also recently returned from a drugs ban, will also be wearing Nike clothes and spikes this season, although the company denies this is a result of a formal tie-in.