'I want Bolt in Beijing'
OK, so there's no stopping Justin Gatlin it seems.
But while Jamaican Asafa Powell ponders the tweaks that he needs to make to close the gap on the American, Gatlin, fresh from his 27 straight victory, knows that it's the scalp of another Jamaican that is going to bring him his glory and hand him the keys to the sprinting kingdom.
Gatlin continued his reign of speed, dropping his third sub 9.80-second time of the season to win the Men's 100 metres at the Lausanne Diamond League meet at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in chilly conditions, with two of the world's fastest men in history fighting for second place in his tailwind.
Powell looked lively enough coming out of the blocks, head low, arms swinging. But when the big Jamaican eased into the middle phase of his race, Gatlin was already in front and didn't take long before he was pulling away from the field, winning in 9.75 (+1.4), as Powell just held off Tyson Gay - the final piece of the highly billed triumvirate - for second place with the two coming across the line in the same time, 9.92 seconds.
The Jamaican, who has been talking up his chances of beating Gatlin here, had a light-hearted tone as he shared his thoughts on what was his eighth consecutive loss to Gatlin.
"That's the best of Justin, he's very consistent. So I have to ensure that I work on running faster. I guess in order to beat him I have to run 9.73 and I will be in front," Powell laughed in reference to Gatlin's sub-10 times of 9.74 - his personal best and two 9.75 clockings.
"I actually really expected to win," Powell added. "I thought I was going to win, but I just didn't execute the race like I should. I'm not that disappointed that I lost though, I am more disappointed that I didn't get to execute my race properly."
Meanwhile, Gatlin who says he is looking to ensure he 'beats everyone', says he is looking forward to meeting six-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning 100m and 200m sprint champion Usain Bolt in Beijing.
"I'm just coming out here trying to dominate and, hopefully, Usain (Bolt) will be healthy and ready to go and when the World Championships come around, hopefully I'll see him in the final," said Gatlin, when asked whether or not he felt he needed to beat Bolt at a major championships to really be considered the top man in the event."
"Usain is a great opponent and I don't think he has to worry about anybody, he just has to go out there and do what he does best, go out and win championships and it's up to me to ensure that I am ready to give him the best challenge possible," added Gatlin.
Gay for his part believes he has a lot of work to do if he is to close the gap on Gatlin, who he praised for his consistency.
"There's a lot to do to close the gap on Gatlin. Gatlin has improved in all areas, he has improved his top-end speed, it's hard to get back to him but I just have to work on my race. He is polished and sharp and doing great. It's not going to be easy for anyone to beat him. He has a lot of confidence and is on a roll right now," Gay said.
Novlene Williams-Mills finished third in the women's 400m but will have to wait for her first time below the 51 seconds mark, after stopping the clock at 51.15.
The event was won by young Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who, benefitting from her 22.14 200m speed, blazing down the home stretch to win in 49.92, a new personal best. Sanya Richards-Ross was second in 51.12.
Williams-Mills, who told The Gleaner that she had some medical issues coming into the race said that she felt good after the contest and that she will probably run one more race before continuing her training ahead of the World Championships.
Nickel Ashmeade, who noted that he was just coming off an injury, uncharacteristically ran last in the men's 200m with a time of 20.96 with the win going to Jamaica-based Great Britain sprinter Zharnel Hughes, who ran a personal best 20.13 to win the event.
Second went to Anaso Jobodwana (South Africa) in 20.21 with Isiah Young, 20.27 taking third.
The men's triple jump continues to excite with Olympic champion Christian Taylor taking the win in a 18.06m ahead of high flying Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo, 17.99m and Omar Craddock, 17.30m.
Dawn Harper-Nelson continued her good form winning the 100m hurdles in 12.55 ahead of Jasmin Stowers, 12.58 and Queen Harrison, 12.63.
In the men's 5000m, Mo Farah, competing in his first race since doping allegations were made against his coach Alberto Salazar, outsprinted Yomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia) in the final 50 metres, 13:11.77 to 13:12.59. Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Kenya) was third in 13:17.17.