“世界記録更新” – that’s Japanese for “new world record” – and that is just what Justin Gatlin has set by shaving 0.13 seconds off Usain Bolt’s 100m previous world record set during the World Championships in Berlin in 2009. Gatlin’s new time of 9.45 seconds set in Tokyo is the fastest ever recorded.
Bolt is one of the most recognisable sportsmen on the planet and his achievements have gained him an army of fans all over the world.
So after finishing second to the Jamaican in both the 100m and 200m World Athletics Championships in Beijing last year, the American was obviously determined to beat Bolt one way or the other and mobilised his own huge set of fans to help him.
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And by huge fans, we mean really huge fans.
In 2001, Gatlin was banned from athletics for testing positive for amphetamines and then was kicked out of the sport again in 2006 for doping, but he has now taken cheating to a whole new level.
In a stunt for Japanese game show - Kapuse! he used a massive industrial-sized fan to propel him out of the starting blocks and placed smaller fans either side of his lane all along the 100m track.
The strength of the artificial breeze was four times the legal limit allowed for records in competition giving him a helpful tailwind of 20 miles per hour.
After claiming three Olympic gold medals at both of the last two games in London and Beijing, Bolt will be chasing his seventh, eighth and ninth in Rio this summer, but the American is confident he will finally get the better of the world champion.
“I'm going to win. We are bringing it [the gold medal] back to the USA,” Gatlin said recently.
If he is backed by his amazing 'fans' he probably would, but for now his "new world record” will not stand.
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