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Darvis Patton
Frenzied month for American sprinter Justin Gatlin

Within a matter of days this month, Justin Gatlin had an Olympic relay silver medal stripped, shattered his personal-best mark in the 100 and missed a meet in Beijing over a misunderstanding. His reaction to each was rather straightforward: He'll chase after more medals. No real time for ruminating, as Gatlin's focus is strictly on closing the gap with Usain Bolt, who's getting stronger — and healthier — by the day with the Beijing world championships just three months away. Gatlin certainly made the clash all the more enticing when he finished in 9.74 seconds on May 15 in the sweltering heat of Doha, Qatar. Only four sprinters have ever run faster, including...