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Athletics: Gatlin trumps Gay on doping ban comeback

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American Justin Gatlin trumped Tyson Gay on the latter's return from a one-year doping ban, clocking a blistering 9.80sec to win the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

Gay, running in lane two inside US champion Mike Rodgers with Gatlin in four, got off to a clean start.

Head down, he powered into his drive phase, but Gatlin had the measure of Gay and put in an impressive second half of the race to steam home, only six sprinters having gone quicker. Gay clocked 9.93sec.

World athletics' governing body, the IAAF, announced last week that it would not appeal the reduced one-year sanction for doping served by Gay.

Gay was banned in June 2013 after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid in two out-of-competition tests.

His ban, which was reduced from two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to Gay's cooperation, ended on June 23.

And the IAAF said that it would not appeal the reduced sanction, calling it "appropriate under the circumstances and in accordance with IAAF Rules".

Ironically, Gatlin has also served a doping ban.

Having won Olympic 100m gold in the Athens Games in 2004 and bronze in London eight years later, he served a four-year ban between 2006-10.

Third-placed Rodgers (9.98sec), the newly-crowned US champion, has also fallen foul of drug testers, sitting it out for nine months in 2011 after failing a doping test.

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