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Gatlin: I knew I had won

Updated: August 23, 2004, 10:44 AM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Justin Gatlin won the fastest Olympic race in history by a face. His face. The very face that might finally change track for the better.

Gatlin's face could be read from anywhere in the singing, dancing, jumping stadium Sunday night as the 11:10 p.m. start drew near. While Maurice Greene bounced and snarled and Asafa Powell laid down on the track and Shawn Crawford winked and grinned and pointed to himself, Gatlin simply stared down the track almost longingly. His ...

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