Born February 10, 1982 in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up, Gatlin would practice hurdling by jumping over fire hydrants on the sidewalk. When he became too fast to race his friends on foot, they would ride bicycles to keep up.
Gatlin was the 100m gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics. But he has never defeated Usain Bolt in an Olympic final. Gatlin served a four-year doping ban that forced him to miss the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He was the 100m bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, behind Bolt and Yohan Blake.
2004 Athens Olympics. Gatlin was considered a rising star after winning back-to-back NCAA titles in both the 100m and 200m for the University of Tennessee. He proved himself on the international stage by winning the 100m gold medal in Athens.
Gatlin forms the “Gatlin Guns” with his fingers after big victories. He admits that he practices his celebrations at him in his boxers in front of the mirror.
“I look at myself as Batman of the track. A vigilante. You may not like me, but you need me.” –Justin Gatlin
2004: One gold medal (100m), one silver medal (4x100m), one bronze medal (200m)
2012: One bronze medal (100m)
Outside the Track
Justin has a white Range Rover with the license plate “JGAT.” He enjoys spending time with his son, Jace.
He says that he does 800 abdominal exercises and 100 pushups before bed.