On Saturday Justin Gatlin, the world’s No. 1 ranked 100 m sprinter, was casual when talking about what he hoped to achieve at this years Edmonton International Track Classic.
Gatlin made a return to track and field after a four-year doping ban. He recently ran the 100m in 9.80 seconds, the fastest time posted this year, but wasn’t looking to run a specific time at Foote Field on Sunday.
“I don’t have a number in mind,” Gatlin said. “I’m looking for two letters — an ‘A’ and an ‘R’. I’m looking for an American record.”
While he wasn’t able to get the American record this time around, he won the 100 m race easily with a time of 10.05 seconds.
This year’s Edmonton International Track Classic attracted some big names, including Gatlin and Canadian high jump record holder Derek Drouin.
While there is no specific qualification for the Track Classic, it’s a highly competitive event, says Jerry Bouma, chair of the organizing committee for the Panamerican Junior Track and Field championships.
“This is an opportunity for athletes to compete, go for personal bests and in some cases athletes will be looking to establish qualifying times for other meets they are hoping to [attend],” he said.
Listen to CBC's Mark Connolly chat with Justin Gatlin.