Eugene: Justin Gatlin is coming back from a doping ban to prove he is a legitimate champion. Tyson Gay wants to see if he can overcome a hip injury. And Bryshon Nellum was shot three times in the legs.
But all three have taken their comeback tales to an Olympian level by qualifying for the London Olympics at the US Track and Field Trials, Gatlin and Gay in the men's 100 meters and Nellum by finishing third in the men's 400.
Gatlin won 2004 Olympic 100m gold but could not defend his title at Beijing while serving a four-year doping ban, but at age 30 ran a personal best of 9.80 to win Sunday's 100m trials final, .05 under his Olympic winning time in 2004.