Justin Gatlin Taks About His Preparation for Rio

The 100-meter champion from the 2004 Olympic Games is taking aim at Usain Bolt in Rio.

Most observers expect Usain Bolt to retain his title as the World's Fastest Man in Rio, but one sprinter has a legitimate shot at surpassing him: Justin Gatlin.

Gatlin, who twice won gold at the 2004 Athens Games (in the 100-meter and 4x100-meter), is back at the Olympics following a four-year ban for drug use, and he's been running very well this season. In Rio, the 34-year-old will be running the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter.

STACK spoke with the three-time Olympian to see how he is preparing for his events.

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"When we get to the track, everyone warms up the same way, but I kind of turned it into a lifestyle," Gatlin says. "Before bed, I stretch. Before I get up in the morning, I stretch. I try to keep myself limber and loose so once I get to the track, I don't have to put my body in such a shock. I'll be ready to go at any moment and at any time."

To hear more of what Gatlin had to say about the Rio Olympics, check out the video above.


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Topics: TRACK & FIELD | SPRINT | SPRINTER | 2016 RIO OLYMPICS | 100 METERS