Albuquerque, NM (Sporting Alert) — Justin Gatlin posted a quick 6.51 seconds to lead the way following the opening round of the men’s 60m dash at the USATF Indoor Championships on Saturday.

Gatlin, a former World Indoor champion over this distance, flashed home first in Heat one of three to beat Reginald Dixon of Hampton, who ran 6.60 seconds.

Mookie Salaam, a former Oklahoma University standout, who turns professional early, won his heat in 6.58secs over Trell Kimmons, who ran 6.62.

Calesio Newman won the other heat in 6.63, with Darvis Patton running 6.70 for fourth in the heat, he too made it through to the next round.

Wallace Spearmon ran 6.76 and just missed out.

In the women’s section, the in form Tianna Madison won her heat in 7.10. Barbara Pierre (7.14) and Lakya Brookins (7.13) also won their heats.

Lauryn Williams, Bianca Knight, Me’Lisa Barber and Alexandria Anderson all progress as well.

Elsewhere, Dexter Faulk looked very impressive when winning his 60m hurdles heat in a fast 7.40secs, which is the quickest in the world this season.

David Oliver (7.60) and Omoghan Osaghae (7.53) were also heat winners, while Terrence Trammell, Aries Merritt and Ashton Eaton were amongst those also moving on.

Sanya Richards-Ross (51.33) leads the women’s 400m runners, while Frankie Wright (46.26) heads the men’s list.

In finals tonight, Bernard Lagat won the men’s 3000m final in 7:47.54 over Lopez Lomong, who ran 7:51.75 and Galen Rupp (7:57.36), with world 1500m champion Jennifer Simpson winning the women’s race in 9:19.15.

William Claye won the men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 17.63m, while Jennifer Suhr won the women’s Pole Vault with a clearance of 4.67m.

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