Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin took first place in the anticipated 100m race against U.S. track & field champion Noah Lyles at Friday’s Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Gatlin defended his title despite a rough start and clocked in 9.91, runner-up Noah Lyles came only one hundredth of a second behind with 9.92.
“I had to put down the pedal to the metal and cross the line first” said Gatlin after the race.
Despite placing second, Lyles didn’t seem too disappointed and seems ready for another chance to challenge Gatlin.
“I can just change a few things around, and that can be quick” says Lyles
Mike Rodgers came in third place, which gave the U.S. the top three spots on the podium.
In other events:
Two-time Olympic medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo continues her undefeated streak by winning the 200m in 22.09. Elaine Thompson came in second place.
Sydney McLaughlin dominated in the 400m hurdles taking her second win on the road with a time of 53.32. Ashley Spencer finished in second place with a time of 54.46.
Sifan Hassan became the world’s fastest woman in the 1500m by setting a World Record in the event with a time of 4:12.33. It’s the fastest time that’s been posted in the 1500m since Svetlana Masterkova’s personal-best time of 4:12.56 set in 1996.