EUGENE, Ore (Sporting Alert) — Justin Gatlin continued his excellent form this season with another victory, this time producing a personal best to win the U.S. Olympic trials 100 metres on Sunday.
The 2004 Athens Olympic champion stopped the clock at 9.80 seconds to take the win over Tyson Gay, who raced home second in a seasonal best time of 9.86secs.
The biggest surprise, however, was Ryan Bailey, who came home for third in a big personal best time of 9.93secs to edged out Michael Rodgers (9.94).
Veteran Darvis Patton was also below the 10 seconds barrier – running 9.96 for 5th place, while sixth went to Trell Kimmons (10.02) and he was followed by Jeff Demps (10.27) and an injured Walter Dix (10.95).
Meanwhile, LaShawn Merritt and Sanya Richards-Ross captured the men’s and women’s respective 400m crowns.
Reigning Olympic champion Merritt posted and world-leading 44.12 for first place on the men’s side to defeat Tony McQuay (44.49) and Bryshon Nellum (44.80).
It was a disappointing performance, however, for former World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner, who could only managed 45.24 for sixth place.
Richards-Ross took control of the women’s race at the final 100m and produced a world-leading and meeting record time of 49.28 to book her place on the London Olympic team.
Dee Dee Trotter finished fast to take second, at 50.02, while Francena McCorory faded to third in 50.43.
Kansas NCAA star Diamond Dixon ran 50.88 for fifth place.