Justin Gatlin, English Gardner lead Olympic 100m team
Justin Gatlin and English Gardner qualified for the U.S. Olympic team with wins in the men’s and women’s 100m.
Gatlin took the men’s competition in 9.80 seconds, the fastest time of the year. He will compete at his third Olympics in Rio and look to add to his four Olympic medals.
“I wasn’t too worried about the time,” Gatlin said. “Last year I was all about time and running fast and consistent, but this year I was trying to rise to the occasion, rise to the moment.”
Gatlin made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Games where he won three medals. After missing the 2008 Olympics while serving a four-year doping ban, he returned to the track and competed at the London Games where he won bronze in the 100m. At the 2015 World Championships, he finished second to Usain Bolt in the 100m and 200m.
Trayvon Bromell (9.84) and Marvin Bracy (9.98) will join Gatlin as part of the U.S. Olympic men’s 100m team.
Tyson Gay, the American record holder, finished in fifth. He will not compete individually at the 2016 Games, but should make it onto the 4x100 relay.
English Gardner won the women’s 100m in 10.74 seconds. Gardner has won silver medals in the 4x100m at both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, but she was seventh in the 2012 Olympic Trials.
“I remember in 2012, I sat in the car, and I cried,” Gardner said. “I cried my eyes out and came to the realization that I never wanted to feel that feeling again, and so when I crossed the line and saw the results, I didn’t really care if I came in first, second or third, I was just excited that I made the team.”
She will make her Olympic debut in Rio alongside Tianna Bartoletta (10.776) and Tori Bowie (10.779) on the U.S. Olympic women’s 100m team.