Athletics

Qatar’s Ogunode finishes second behind Gatlin in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, China, May 15, 2016 – Qatar’s speedster Femi Seun Ogunode clocked 10.07 behind the American superstar Justin Gatlin who ran a sub-10 in the men’s 100 metres final at the IAAF Shanghai Diamond League in Shanghai, China yesterday.

A fast start and a battling second half gave last year’s Diamond League winner Gatlin the edge over others. The US world silver medallist, who dominated last year’s Race, was in front from the start and went on to cross the line in a wind-legal season’s best of 9.94.

Gatlin’s US compatriot and world finalist Mike Rodgers took third three hundredths back ahead of former world champion Kim Collins.

The Qatari star Ogunode said: “I had a bad start, as always. I have to work on this. The rest of the race was ok, have not to complain about that. I wanted to run every race sub 10 seconds. Competing in China is good for me, great to be here. I’m the Asian record holder of 100m and 200m and have the world lead, for sure I will improve those this season, for sure!”

After the victory, Justin Gatlin said: “I came out here to execute and I know being an Olympic year, it is a long season and my coach and I have a plan. The ankle injury over the winter made it a difficult preparation, but Diamond League races are important to win”.

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