Justin Gatlin ran the 100m in 9.74 seconds on Friday

Twice banned for doping offences, Justin Gatlin remains a divisive figure in world athletics.

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CONTROVERSIAL AMERICAN SPRINTER Justin Gatlin ran a new world leading time of 9.74 seconds to win the men’s 100m at the Diamond League meet in Doha.

Gatlin — who has been banned twice for doping — set a new personal best at the age of 33 as he equalled the sixth fastest time in 100m history.

Coming off the back of an unbeaten season in 2014, where he ran six of the seven fastest 100m times, he finished more than two-tenths of a second quicker than the rest of the field, led home in second by Michael Rodgers.

Gatlin has been a divisive presence in the sport since his return following a four-year drugs ban between 2006 and 2010.

Sportswear giant Nike caused outrage earlier this year when they signed him to a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal.

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