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Gatlin finding his groove as nationals approach

Updated: June 17, 2013, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

Justin Gatlin talked a big game before a recent race with the world's fastest sprinter, stepping up his boasting simply to bait Usain Bolt.

Usually, that's not a wise move. And yet the American backed up running his mouth by churning his legs as he blazed right by the Jamaican during a competition in Rome nearly two weeks ago. Bolt rarely gets caught -- especially after an early lead.

With that, Gatlin believes he may have energized his adversary.

But Gatlin's driven, too, since ...

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