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 4×100-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 4×100-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.