Gatlin posted an incredible time of 19.57 in the 2015 USA Championships.
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Five years after completing a four-year doping ban that would have ended the career of most sprinters, the controversial American unloaded an eye-popping 19.57 seconds in the 200-meter at the U.S. world championships trials Sunday.Gatlin's coach, Dennis Mitchell, had told him to just go out and make the American team for Beijing by finishing in the top three.Ordinarily Gatlin, the year's fastest at the 100-meter and 200-meter, would be looked at with awe for his accomplishments.There he will be, taking on Bolt in the 100-meter and 200-meter in August's world championships.They have not met since 2013 but with Bolt underperforming this spring and summer, Gatlin has become the man to beat, at least in the 100-meter.Asked if the worlds were ready for him, controversy and all, Gatlin said, "I don't know.
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