ISTANBUL, Turkey (Sporting Alert) — American sprinter Justin Gatlin says it is going to take a “world record” to win the gold medal over the 60m at the World Indoor Championships on Saturday.
Gatlin rushed from his blocks and clocked 6.50 seconds to win semi-final heat one in impressive fashion and he said he was feeling good at the right time.
Asked what time will it take to win gold, the former champion said: “World record.”
Aziz Ouhadi ran a Moroccan national record of 6.68 to finish second and earned a place in the final as well.
Nesta Carter of Jamaica ran 6.56 to win semi-final two over defending champion Dwain Chambers, who ran 6.62.
Another American, Trell Kimmons won the third semis in 6.61secs. Marc Burns ran 6.62 for second place.
Earlier, Sally Pearson of Australia won her semi-final in the women’s 60m hurdles in 7.93 seconds and she took Belgium’s Eline Berings(8.03) and two others with her to the final from that heat.
The second race was won by Alina Talay of Belarus, who ran 7.99 for first place and took Tiffany Porter (GBR, 8.03) and Sonata Tamošaityte (LTU, 8.03) with her to the deciding race.