Gatlin beats Ashmeade to win 100 at Gugl Games
LINZ, Austria (AP) - American sprinter Justin Gatlin overcame the rain and a challenge by Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade to win the 100 meters at the Gugl Games on Monday.
Gatlin clocked 10.08 seconds to beat Ashmeade by 0.09. Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago trailed Gatlin by 0.19 in third.
"Today my legs were tired,'' said Gatlin, who announced before the race he was going to attack the track record of 9.92. However, he failed to seriously threaten the 19-year-old mark. "I promise I'll break the Gugl record next year.''
Barbara Pierre won the 100 in 11.14 ahead of Charonda Williams and Alexandra Anderson to lead an American sweep of the podium.
World record-holder Aries Merritt of the United States beat 2008 Olympic champion Dayron Robles by 0.23 to take the 110 hurdles in 13.26. Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago was another 0.02 back in third.
Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie of France had no valid attempt as the competition was won by his younger brother Valentin.
Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia won the 100 hurdles in 12.83, leading second-place Reina-Flor Okori of France by 0.35.
World silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad of the United States took the 400 hurdles in 55.01, defeating Denisa Rosolova of Czech Republic by 0.26.
Natasha Hastings won the 400 in 50.92 to beat American teammate Jessica Beard by 0.72.
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