Gatlin, Xie pick up wins in Japan

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China's Xie Wenjun (center) competes in the men's 110 meters hurdles at the Golden Grand Prix at Todoroki Stadium in Kawasaki, Japan, yesterday. Xie won with a time of 13.36 seconds.

Justin Gatlin of the United States clocked 10.02 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event in Kawasaki, Japan, where the Chinese track team also enjoyed some success yesterday.

Gatlin crossed the finish line .19 seconds ahead of Japan's Ryota Yamagata and Ramon Gittens of Barbados who clocked 10.26.

Also, Asian champion Xie Wenjun led a Chinese double in the 110m hurdles, clocking 13.36 seconds with Zhang Honglin runner-up in 13.59 and Japan's Hideki Omuro third in 13.61.

In the 4x100m relay, Chinese women finished ahead of Japan and Australia with a time of 42.83.

In women's triple jump, China's Li Yanmei picked up a bronze behind silver medalist Nneka Okpala of New Zealand and gold medalist Dana Veldakova of Slovakia.

China's Zheng Xingjuan also finished third in women's high jump, which was won by American Liz Patterson.

It comes on the heels of a strong showing by China's track team which brought home three medals from the Doha 2016 IAAF Diamond League meet.

"The race felt good," Gatlin said. "I knew that I was going to have a headwind after practice yesterday. I talked to my coach over the phone and he told me to just go through and have a good start and finish the race."

Gatlin said he was pleased with the way he was running at this point in the season as he prepares to challenge Usain Bolt at the Rio Olympics.

"My coach wants me to just ease myself into the season," Gatlin said. "We have a long season ahead of us. Olympic trials will hopefully be a mirror image of the Olympics so I'm gonna be running a lot and I don't want to start the season so fast with such high intensity. "When you go against someone like Usain, who is unique in stature and talent, you've got to come with a contingency plan, a plan B." Tianna Bartoletta of the United States won the women's 100 with a time of 11.23, .07 seconds ahead of Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria. Barbara Pierre, also of the US, was third in 11.40.

Bartoletta is the world champion in the long jump and won that event with a leap of 6.61 meters, beating Australia's Brooke Stratton (6.55) and Xu Xiaoling of China, who was third, with a jump of 6.47.

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