While he may be the fastest man in the world, on Thursday he was only the third-fastest man in America.
Former University of Tennessee student and 100m gold medalist Justin Gatlin took the bronze medal in an American sweep of the men's 200-meter event at the Olympic Games in Athens.
His time of 20.03 seconds fell behind fellow countrymen Shawn Crawford, who won the gold with a time of 19.79, and Bernard Williams, who finished a split-second ahead of Gatlin in 20.01.
Gatlin's amazing run in the Games might not be over yet. He could be selected from a pool of six athletes to compete in the men's 4x100 relay event, where the Americans would undoubtedly be the odds-on-favorite to bring home yet another gold medal.
Published: Fri Aug 27, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:18 p.m.