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Justin Gatlin drug tested 62 times in 2015, report says

Justin Gatlin

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Justin Gatlin of the United States reacts after the Men’s 4x100 Metres Relay heats during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

Alexander Hassenstein

Justin Gatlin has been drug tested 62 times this year, an average of about once every four days, his agent said, according to the Independent.

“It’s ridiculous,” agent and former 110m hurdles world-record holder Renaldo Nehemiah said, according to the report, “but he’s a targeted profile and that’s fine.”

Nehemiah hasn’t responded to a confirmation request, but it’s no surprise Gatlin is tested often, given he’s five years removed from a four-year doping ban.

Olympic medalists and athletes who perform well at national and international competitions, two boxes Gatlin ticks off, are also tested more than those who do not fit that criteria.

Gatlin was tested no fewer than nine times in the first half of 2015, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s database. Those statistics do not include tests conducted on U.S. athletes by other testing entities, if the test session was not requested or initiated by USADA and sessions conducted by USADA at the request of other sport organizations, events, international federations or individuals.

For 2014, Gatlin was the second-most tested U.S. track and field athlete among the USADA statistics, trailing Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp, who has said the most interesting place he’s been drug tested was at a truck stop. Athletes in triathlon, boxing and cycling and Michael Phelps were also tested more than Gatlin.

In 2010, Gatlin said he was drug tested once during his four years away from the sport due to his ban for testing positive in 2006.

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