Gatlin Admits He is Far Behind Top Sprinters

Posted: 08/06/2010 11:39 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Justin Gatlin says he is capable of running under 10 seconds again but admits he is far from catching up with top sprinters Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell.

The former Olympic 100-meter champion, who is coming back from a four-year doping ban, told The Associated Press on Friday that the trio is "flying high like an airplane. I'm still on the tarmac, and hopefully I will get right there with them."

Gatlin is preparing to compete at a small meet in Estonian capital Tallinn on Sunday in his second race after returning from the doping ban.

The 28-year-old American said he aims to beat the time of 10.24 seconds he clocked at a meet in Rakvere, northeastern Estonia, earlier this week.

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