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Gatlin takes 100 at Golden Gala

on June 06, 2014 10:09 AM

ROME (AP) — Justin Gatlin won the 100 meters at the Golden Gala for a second straight year, while Mutaz Essa Barshim, of Qatar, set a meet record in topping a high-class high jump.

Gatlin, who set a year-leading time of 9.87 seconds last month, was in front from the start and finished in 9.91, 0.11 ahead of Jamaica’s Nesta Carter. Britain’s Adam Gemili was third. It was a repeat of last year’s success for Gatlin, who edged Usain Bolt on the line.

Barshim achieved a personal best as he matched the Diamond League record and year-leading height of 7 feet, 10 7/8 inches set by Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov, of Russia.

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