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Justin Gatlin sprinted to fame by setting a world record in the 100-meter race. Months later, he tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended. Gatlin is slated to make a comeback at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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In August 2010, Gatlin made his return to the track and field circuit with a tour of Estonia and Finland, winning in the 100-meter races. Due to not being in full physical condition, his start times were poor, but his finishes were strong. Between 2010 and 2012, Gatlin made slow but steady progress, improving his 100-meter times with every event. Commenting on his suspension, he said,
"I didn't have time to really grow up ... be a young man who pays bills and takes care of everyday life. Life is hard. This gave me an opportunity to understand life as a whole."
In June 2012, 33-year-old Gatlin qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics with a 100-meter victory at the U.S. Olympic Trials; he ran the trials 100 in 9.80 seconds, beating his top American challenger, Tyson Gay. Gatlin missed the emergence of Jamaican sprinter sensation Usain Bolt at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Much has been made of this potential rivalry, and both runners have upped the hype by exchanging comments. Trash talk is cheap, especially in the sports world, and Justin Gatlin has redemption on the mind as he re-enters international competition.
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