Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who served a four-year doping ban, will run in the Reims international meet on Tuesday and insists his goal is a podium place at the 2012 London Games.
"I'm still working hard. My coach told me to be patient and that the goal is the 2012 Olympics," said Gatlin. "If I'm on the podium in London, which is a real objective, then I'll be able to consider my return to be fully accomplished."
Gatlin's four-year drugs ban saw him plummet from sprinting's pinnacle to athletics wilderness, but he has rebounded to make the US team for the 100m at the Aug 27-Sept 4 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Three months after equaling the world 100m record in 2006, he was suspended for four years after testing positive for testosterone.