Justin Gatlin claims he will take the 100m title away from Usain Bolt at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.
The American enjoyed a superlative 2015 season that included a 28-race undefeated streak, that is, until he faced Bolt at the World Championships in Beijing.
The Jamaican superstar – who had less than an ideal build up due to injury – silenced critics with wins over Gatlin in the 100m and 200m finals in the Chinese city.
However, Gatlin is adamant he can turn things around on the grandest stage come August.
“I’m going to win…we are bringing it (a gold medal) back to the USA,” the 34-year-old told TMZ.
“We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York. We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.
“It’s my duty to beat the biggest rival possible to make it one of the most epic races in Olympic history, so I got to stand up to the duty. So I am working very hard around the clock.
“Last year was a nailbiter to the finish line at the World Championships. He won over me by a hundredth of a second, so I am the closest threat he has ever had. So right now I am working to be better than that.”
While Gatlin will be hoping to snatch a win, Usain Bolt will be targeting an unprecedented ‘triple triple’: gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m for the third consecutive Olympics.