Justin Gatlin- Dead Man Walking

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Late last evening, suspended 100m champion Justin Gatlin was granted a ray of hope for competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials that start next week. I don’t think this is right and I don’t think I want him to be granted the opportunity to compete but I sure am curious to see how he will compete (if he does). I can’t imagine he’ll run faster than 10.20. For one, he’s looked out of shape in recent appearances on Pros vs. Joes. He looked downright soft on one of the shows. Also, his recent tryouts with NFL teams have produced less than stellar times for 40 yard. In fact, if his 40 times are any indication, he’s not just lost his fastest man in the world title, but he wouldn’t even be the fastest man in the NFL if a team were to ever pick him up. Add to that the fact that they guy will be running under the pressure of a crowd full of booing fans and it’s hard to imagine that he’ll be able to get past the second round. What do you think? Would he be foolish enough to be using again? Could he possibly have regained his form of 2004 and 2005? Even if he had, would it be enough given the emergence of Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt, and the continued development of Powell. Post thoughts to the forum.
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