Greene: Bolt still in control
NEW YORK, New York:
American sprinter Justin Gatlin has commanded the attention of the athletics world over the past two seasons, having his way and dominating with world-leading times of 9.77 and 19.68 in the 100m and 200m.
Things have been much the same so far in 2015, with the 33 year-old Gatlin blazing the trail having so far helped himself to world-leading times of 9.74 (100m), which, in fact, is a personal best, and 19.68 in the 200m.
Gatlin's form has left many to wonder whether or not the American will prove too strong for defending double sprint champion Usain Bolt and the rest of the world at this August's IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
For Maurice Greene, the one-time Olympic and three-time world champion over 100m, as impressive as Gatlin has been over the past two years, he's not quite ready to jump on that wagon, insisting that Bolt is still very much in control and has nothing to be worried about.
'HE'S THE CHAMPION'
"There's no reason for Bolt to feel threatened by any of this. He's the champion. He can run faster, much faster than anyone else in the world. They have to catch up to him, so he has nothing to be threatened about. As long as he does what he needs to do in terms of getting prepared and in shape - its all up to him, really," Greene told The Sunday Gleaner at yesterday's New York Grand Prix IAAF Diamond League meet at the Icahn Stadium.
"He's (Bolt) training, getting himself ready and he always shows up at the big races. He knows how to win when it matters, and that's important," added Greene.
"I think it's too early to call a favourite in the event though, but I think we are seeing Justin Gatlin crossing over from where he finished last year in terms of form. He finished really strongly last year, put down some great times and is just progressing this year," Greene said. "Usain had a really off year; he didn't really compete a lot in 2014. kinda took the year off and you see that coming on into this year, but he knows how to work and it will be a great contest at the World Championships."