Gatlin clocks 9.75 in winning 100m at Golden Gala

ROME (AP) — Justin Gatlin came within 0.01 seconds of his world-leading time in the 100 meters, clocking 9.75 at the Golden Gala on Thursday.

With the wind in his favor, Gatlin finished several strides ahead of the rest of the field then flexed his biceps for photographers in the finish area.

European indoor champion Jimmy Vicaut crossed second in 9.98, and Gatlin’s fellow American, Mike Rodgers, was third with the same time.

Gatlin clocked the year-best 9.74 last month.

Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia was injured after hitting the fifth obstacle in the 100 hurdles. She was carried off on a stretcher after getting attention to her left wrist area.

American rival Brianna Rollins also failed to finish, while Sharika Nelvis of the United States won in a personal-best 12.52.