Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will race one more time on Saturday after helping their respective teams qualify for the final of the 4 x 100-meter relay at the world championships, according to the Associated Press.
Thanks much in part to Gatlin, the United States clocked in at 37.70 seconds during the first race.
Meanwhile, Bolt and his fellow Jamaicans ran the relay in 39.95 seconds, with Bolt grabbing the baton and passing his competitors.
Gatlin defeated Bolt in the 100-meter relay last weekend, smoking the competition after finishing the race at 9.92 seconds to grab the gold medal at the World Athletic Championships. Bolt came in third place with a time of 9.95 seconds (Christian Coleman finished second at 9.94).
“I dreamed about this day,” said Gatlin after the race, per Matt Bonesteel and Bryan Flaherty of The Washington Post. “I worked hard for this day. And it took for me to not be selfish and think about myself and think about others to give me that fight.”
Bolt was very congratulatory to Gatlin afterward.
“The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos,” said Gatlin. “He is an inspiration.”
Gatlin, who has been suspended for doping issues in the past, insisted that his win over Bolt was entirely clean and that any claims that he cheated are “False, with a capital F,” according to TMZ Sports.
Back in 2006, Gatlin was suspended for eight years from track and field, but was able to get the punishment knocked down to four years after appealing.
He was also hit with a two-year ban after testing positive for amphetamines back in 2001.