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Justin Gatlin wins Japanese Grand Prix

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Justin Gatlin (right) of the United States competes ahead of Aska Cambridge (center) and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan at the men's 100m at the Golden Grand Prix track and field event in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, yesterday. Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100m, .03 seconds ahead of Cambridge who was placed 2nd.


Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100m at a Golden Grand Prix event yesterday.

The American crossed the finish line just .03 seconds ahead of Japan's Aska Cambridge. Shuhei Tada, also of Japan, was third in 10:35.

"(I am) glad to open up my season here with a good time," Gatlin said. "I've been a little bit injured and haven't been able to train as hard as I want to, but I've been working on my finish and it helped out today."

Cambridge, who anchored Japan's silver medal-winning run in the 4x100m relay in Rio last summer, missed a chance to qualify for the World Championships in London in August. He will have another opportunity at the National Championships in June.

Aaron Brown of Canada won the men's 200m with a time of 20.62, edging Dedric Dukes of the United States by .09. Kenji Fujimitsu of Japan was third in 20.93.




Ivet Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria powered to victory in the women's 100m, clocking a time of 11.40 to beat Tawanna Meadows of the United States by .04. Tianna Bartoletta, also of the United States, was third in 11.47.

Bartoletta is the world champion in the long jump and won that event with a leap of 6.79m ahead of Britain's Shara Proctor, 6.65m, and Aiga Grabuste of Latvia, 6.49m.