Gatlin tops 200 meters qualifying at U.S. trials

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Posted: Jun 27, 2015 4:10 PM

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Justin Gatlin cruised through the 200 metres preliminaries on Saturday at the U.S. trials for the world championships.

He clocked a quick 19.92 seconds as he began his bid for a spot on the U.S. team, and a chance to face world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica in both the 200 and 100 in Beijing in August.

Gatlin has a bye for Beijing in the 100 and did not run the event in Eugene.

Isiah Young also dipped under 20 seconds on Saturday, clocking 19.99.

The semi-finals and finals in the 200 are scheduled for Sunday.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry, editing by Tony Jimenez)