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Rome Diamond League: 'They are upset because I'm fast again' - Gatlin ... Carter fourth

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 6:38 PMAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
Justin Gatlin, of the United States, celebrates after winning the men's 100m event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting, in Rome's Olympic stadium today.

ROME, Italy:
Justin Gatlin believes that his critics are upset not because of his return to the sport, but because he is now at the top of his game and posting fast times.

The American sprinter continued his crusade of speed, clocking a blistering 9.75 seconds on his way to demolishing the field and winning the 100m at the Golden Gala IAAF Diamond League meet inside the Stadio Olimpico.

This comes days after his 19.68 200m clocking in Eugene and a couple weeks after he posted 9.74 win the 100m in Doha - both world leading times.

"I have nothing to prove I just want to run. Good or bad, whatever is written about me positive or negative; every day I have to wake up, come to the start line and run, so I can't let certain things get in my way of how I feel and what I need to do. I'm a runner every day, I have to go out there and put 100 per cent out," Gatlin said after stepping off the track in Rome.

"I think people are more flustered that I'm running fast again, not necessarily that I'm back. I was back four years ago, literally. I was back in 2010 so now I don’t understand what the situation is. I've got my feet back under me, I've got my confidence back and I feel really good competing against these guys, I know who I am again and I feel good about that," added Gatlin.

Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut took second place in 9.98 seconds ahead of Mike Rodgers who registered the same time for third place.

Nesta Carter finished fourth in 10.06 with the other Jamaican in the event, Andrew Fisher running seventh in 10.14.