Justin Gatlin came within 0.01 seconds of his world-leading time in the 100 meters, clocking 9.75 at the Golden Gala on Thursday. Then the American declared he could approach Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 at the world championships in Beijing in August. I feel confident running times around 9.70. 9.60 should be possible in summer Justin Gatlin “I feel confident running times around 9.70,” Gatlin said. “9.60 should be possible in summer.” With the wind in his favour, Gatlin finished several strides ahead of the rest of the field then flexed his biceps for photographers in the finish area. Running strong all the way to the finish despite his lead, Gatlin took one tick off the clock from Bolt’s meet record of 9.76 set in 2012. European indoor champion Jimmy Vicaut crossed second in 9.98, and Gatlin’s fellow American, Mike Rodgers, was third with the same time. Gatlin clocked 9.74 seconds in the Diamond League opener on May 15 in the sweltering heat of Doha, Qatar. Only four sprinters have ever run faster, including Bolt, who set 9.58 in 2009. “The key thing to keep winning is to not think about it,” Gatlin said. “I do not think of beating Usain Bolt now because the championship is not tomorrow. We still have some time.” Also in the fourth stop of the Diamond League, Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia was injured after hitting the fifth obstacle in the 100 hurdles. She was carried off on a stretcher after getting attention to her left wrist area. American rival Brianna Rollins also failed to finish, while Sharika Nelvis of the United States won in a personal-best 12.52. “I ran my own race and didn’t see any of those falls,” Nelvis said.