Aug 11, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Justin Gatlin (USA) takes a victory lap with the United States flag after finishing second in the 100m in 9.85 in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Gatlin hopes to be oldest 100 meters medalist

American sprinter Justin Gatlin turned 32 years old on Feb. 10. In sprinter years, that’s ancient. However, the London bronze medalist isn’t daunted by Father Time and thinks he can not only win a medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which would make him the oldest medalist ever in the 100 meters by over two years, but also that he can compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Gatlin discussed his dream at the recent City of Champions Pensacola gala:

“2016 (Olympics) is right on the horizon. Hopefully I will be there to represent Pensacola once again.


“I have a dream that I even went to Tokyo, which is 2020 (Summer Olympics), so we’ll see what happens. The best thing for me to do as a seasoned veteran is to stay healthy, stay strong, keep pushing myself every year.”

Gatlin also said he’s running the best times he’s ever recorded:

“Training is going really good. This is the best off-season training program I have had in my whole career.


“I am actually running better times in practice than I have ever run before. I feel stronger. I have worked on different techniques.”

Hey, between Old Man Strength and Old Man Speed, aging doesn’t seem all that bad.


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