American Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin of Brooklyn, New York won the gold medal in a Diamond League track and field event in Lausanne, Switzerland. Gatlin posted a time of 9.96 seconds for his first Diamond League medal of the 2017 season. The first place finish will give Gatlin confidence as he prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Gatlin, who won the gold medal in the 100m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, was one of five Americans to win in a Diamond League event in Lausanne on Thursday. He was joined by Sam Kendricks of Oxford, Mississippi (men's pole vault), Ryan Crouser of Portland, Oregon (men's shot put), Sharika Nelvis of Memphis, Tennessee (women's 100m hurdles), and Ashley Spencer of Indianapolis, Indiana (women's 400m hurdles).
Like Gatlin, Crouser is an Olympic gold medalist. He won the gold medal for the United States in the men's shot put at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Kerndricks meanwhile set a Lausanne meet record by vaulting 5.93 metres. Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland also vaulted 5.93 metres, but had two more misses than Kendricks and hat to settle for silver. Crouser also had a meet record in throwing 22.39 metres.
Nelvis meanwhile was part of an American sweep in the 100m hurdles. Jasmin Stowers of Pendleton, South Carolina won silver and Christina Manning of Waldorf, Maryland won bronze.