Linz, Austria: 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, beaten for the world title by Usain Bolt in Moscow earlier this month, was the fastest starter but saw his lead narrowed by Ashmeade, who won a relay gold with Jamaica at the worlds. The American 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.