U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin wins 2nd straight 100-meter final

August 09, 2010

U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin clocked 10.17 seconds Sunday in Tallinn, Estonia, to win his second consecutive 100-meter final since coming back from a four-year doping ban.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, was running at the Ergo World challenge meet as he works toward the 2012 London Olympics.

Before Tuesday, when he also ran in Estonia, he had not raced competitively since June 2006 after being banned because of a positive test for testosterone.

Gatlin, 28, regained his eligibility in July but was expected to have difficulty finding races because of a Euro Meetings recommendation not to invite athletes who bring disrepute to the sport. He bettered his time from Tuesday's final, when he ran a 10.24.

•The international track and field association announced it is slashing spending to stave off financial problems as a result of the economic crisis. The IAAF's budget deficit for 2010, which had been forecast at $16 million, is now about $9 million after the cuts and a deal with Samsung to sponsor the Diamond League meets.

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