Rio Olympics: Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin sparks athletic rivalry anew?

Rio Olympics: Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin sparks athletic rivalry anew?

Sprinters Usain Bolt of Jamaica and USA’s Justin Gatlin are set to renew their rivalry when the runway in track and field lights up at the Rio Olympics.

Bolt, who holds the world record in the 100-, 200- and 4×100 meter relays, guns for another triple-triple Olympic performance in Rio. The 29-year-old Jamaican stated that he would not bother to listen to thrash talks and would rather focus on winning the gold medals in his events. He added that he is in better shape for the Olympics and will let his performance speak for itself.

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Bolt was said to be referring to American sprinter Justin Gatlin who stated that he would beat Bolt stressing that the Jamaican sprinter has been avoiding competing against him. Gatlin noted that he has been doing his biomechanics in a hope to beat Bolt like the way he did back in 2013 in Rome.

“I’ve raced him over the last couple of years. I enjoy the clashes. When we see each other we know we have to be on our ‘A’ game. He doesn’t want to race me across the world all the time because it would just be a battle everywhere. He has set a new era of sprinting so as a competitor you know it’s an obligation or a duty to either push the envelope to make him a better athlete or beat him,” Gatlin said.

It seems that Gatlin has not learned his lessons in the past Olympic games wherein he faced Bolt. The Jamaican sprinter stated that the more his fellow athletes talk about him, the more he is focused on beating them. Bolt added that Gatlin is lucky since they still have a week to prepare or else Gatlin would have packed for an earlier flight back home.

“It’s one of those things but I’m looking forward to it, should be exciting and they will feel my full wrath as always,” Bolt added.

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For Bolt earning another triple-triple would be the best way to exit the international competition. Bolt announced that this will be his last Olympics as he plans to retire next year while Gatlin eyes redemption as he hopes to erase the stigma of being banned twice due to use of illegal substance.

The Rio Olympics will be the center stage wherein two of the fastest athletes in the world will try to outdo each other. Both athletes will surely light up the oval when the games begin.