Former sprinter Darren Campbell hopes Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt at this month’s World Championships in Beijing, China, to force the sport to “deal” with drugs cheats. Gatlin, 33, who has served two drugs bans in his career, has ran the four fastest times of the year over 100m.
World record holder Bolt dipped below 10 seconds for the first time this year at last week’s Anniversary Games. Briton Campbell told BBC Radio 5 live that a Gatlin victory would put the “spotlight” on athletics.
“The fairy tale is that Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin, but in a crazy kind of way I want to see Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt because the sport will have to deal with it,” said Campbell, who is an Olympic silver medallist.
“The spotlight will be truly on the sport and the sport will have to make a decision. “It’s not a decision about throwing out Justin Gatlin, but about how do you [athletics] want to be perceived in the future?”
The meeting between Gatlin and Jamaica’s six-time Olympic champion Bolt, 28, in Beijing is highly anticipated. Gatlin, the 2004 100m Olympic gold medallist, set a personal best of 9.74 seconds at the age of 33 in May, but Bolt made an encouraging return from a pelvic injury as he won at the Anniversary Games in 9.87secs.