Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cycling: Gatlin: trash talk is part of the sport Athletics

The way Justin Gatlin sees it, trash talking is the lifeblood of the most glamorous race on the track. And if that doesn't go down well with Usain Bolt, well so be it.

Gatlin, who will face Bolt in the 100m at the Golden Gala today, has been touting himself after posting impressive wins in two of the opening Diamond League meets this year.

Bolt, the world record-holder who has dominated sprinting for the last five years, narrowly won his only 100m this season in a relatively slow 10.09 in the Cayman Islands a month ago.

"You have to get the crowd excited to come see us," Gatlin said. "You see us for nine seconds and then we're off the track. I like talking about it. I like getting into it. Sorry, Usain."

German rider Tony Martin won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, but it was Christopher Froome who dealt a blow to Alberto Contador ahead of the Tour de France this month.

Martin completed the 32.5km time trial from Villars-les-Dombes to Parc des Oiseaux in just under 37 minutes. Rohan Dennis of Australia took the overall lead from David Veilleux of Canada by finishing second, 47 seconds behind Martin.

Froome wound up third, 2:45 ahead of Contador. The Spaniard was also overtaken by Australian rider Richie Porte, who started two minutes behind him.

"It was not a good day for me", Contador admitted. " I didn't have much energy in the legs."

A knee injury has forced midfielder Eugene Magee out of the Irish squad for the World League semi-final, writes David Medcalf.

The Banbridge stalwart picked up a knock in training which has not responded to treatment.

Coach Andrew Meredith has a ready made replacement in the form of Chris Cargo for the big tournament in Rotterdam.

Magee has been told that the problem will take at least two weeks to recover from the setback.

OLYMPIC champion Katie Taylor moved from lightweight to light-welter for a test match/spar at the National Stadium in Dublin.

The World No 1 lightweight (60kg) met Germany's Cindy Rogge at the at the home of Irish boxing. No scores were kept. The Irish women's team are preparing for next month's EU Senior Championships in Hungary with Germany, who have sent a nine-strong squad to the Stadium.

"Katie never really had to move out of second gear. It's all all part of the preparations for the EU Championships, said Taylor's coach and dad Pete.

"Katie would like to wish all the lads the best of luck at the European Championships in Minsk. Let's hope they can all go on to win gold now."

Taylor will be involved in another test match against the Germans on Friday.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport