Gatlin warns Coleman for 2020 season
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 28: Christian Coleman of the United States crosses the finish line to win the Men's 100 Metres final ahead of Justin Gatlin of the United States and Akani Simbine of South Africa during day two of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

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American Justin Gatlin is sending an early warning to his main rival Christian Coleman ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games year.

“I have a message for next year – I’m coming,” said Gatlin after finishing second to fellow American Christian Coleman in the men’s 100m final at the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 on Saturday (28 Sept).

Coleman ran a personal best and world lead 9.76 to beat Gatlin 9.87 and Canadian Andre De Grasse 9.90pb.

“Christian has had a spectacular season, and I knew he’d be tough to beat. He ran a great race, but I have a message for next year – I’m coming. He’d better be ready.

Gatlin has won world 100m titles in Helsinki 2005 and London 2017. He won silver in Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015, both times behind Usain Bolt.

“To get another world medal feels amazing. This season has had a lot of ups and downs. But running this time this late in the season makes me excited for next year,” said Gatlin.

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