It’s not very often that these two titans of the track face each other but an epic showdown between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin could be just around the corner.
This as the two sprinters are scheduled to participate in next month’s IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.
Though both athletes are scheduled to participate in the event, a lot will depend on how the U.S. and Jamaican coaches assemble their squads for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays.
Both sprinters anchored their countries’ 4×100 teams at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow where Jamaica was victorious.
Gatlin, ran six of the world’s seven fastest 100m times last year, including a 9.77, matching Bolt’s winning 100m mark from the 2013 World Championships.
Gatlin recently claimed that he was “the guy to beat right now,” however Glen Mills, Bolt’s coach, said Bolt has nothing to fear.
“We take all competitors with a level of seriousness and I don’t see Gatlin as a joke, but the truth of the matter is Usain at his best doesn’t have much to worry about,” said Mills.
Bolt currently holds world records of 9.58 seconds in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 from 2009.