Few in the crowd of 48,531 seemed to recognize Justin Gatlin on Saturday as he stepped onto the track at the Penn Relays. He wore golden spikes, but there was no announcement that he had been the Olympic champion at 100 meters in 2004. No mention that this was his first major meet since he returned from a four-year ban for doping.
“I almost felt like I was coming to tears, thankful to come back and compete with my peers and to be welcomed by the crowd,” Gatlin, 29, said, perhaps sensing more of an embrace than actually occurred or perhaps just relieved not to hear any boos. Read more >>
Source: The New York Times via Trackandfieldnews.com