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Doha Diamond League: Gatlin looks like trouble, clocks 9.74

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:33 PMAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
Justin Gatlin of the US celebrates after winning the men's 100m at the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha today.
Justin Gatlin in Doha yeaterday.
Justin Gatlin of the US (left) runs to win the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha today.
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DOHA, Qatar:

Justin Gatlin looks like he might be trouble for the Jamaicans this year after the American opened his season with the fastest time of his career, a 9.74 clocking at the Doha Diamond League a short time ago.

The lone Jamaican in the race, Nesta Carter, was a spectator this time around, struggling to come back after a poor start, to cross the line in sixth place in 10.07 as Mike Rodgers, 9.96 took second and Keston Bledman, 10.01, third.

“I just wanted to come here and make a statement to the world,” Gatlin said shortly after the race.

Carter on the other hand was extremely disappointed with the result noting that he was expecting to at least dip below 10 seconds and calling the race one of the worse in his career.

“Its disappointing to come all the way to Doha and run this poorly. This was perhaps my worst race,” Carter told The Gleaner.

Stephenie McPherson, 50.93 came off the curve in good shape but was outpowered to the line by the American pair of Sanya Richards-Ross, 50.79 and Francena McCorory who shifted the scale on her compatriot after last week’s Jamaica International Invitational result with a 50.21 win.

Commonwealth champion O’Dayne Richards was far from his best in the men’s shot put event, where he fouled on four of his six attempts, registering a mark of 19.89m for eight place.

The event was won by German David Storl with a distance of 21.51m with Reese Hoffa (USA), 21.30m and Ryan Whiting (USA), 21.06 taking the other top positions.