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Gatlin's 'fine' with Beijing meet organizers

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-05-20 16:39

Gatlin's 'fine' with Beijing meet organizers

Justin Gatlin from the U.S. reacts after winning the men's 100 meters event during the Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar May 15, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

BEIJING - American star sprinter Justin Gatlin said on his twitter on Wednesday that he was fine with Beijing World Challenge organizers, less than 24 hours after claiming he was "kicked out" of the event.

Gatlin, who holds the world leading 100-meter this year, said on Tuesday that he had planned to run the event in Beijing Meet despite injury concerns but was told he was not wanted.

Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, told reporters as he left for the airport to fly home to Florida that he was "upset" by the lack of respect shown to him.

The sprinter, however, later took to social media to say he was looking forward to running in the Beijing meeting next year.

"Emotional day. All is fine with Beijing Org&me," he posted on Twitter. "We have a great relationship and I look forward to being there in Aug for worlds&next year for the meet."

Organizers of the Beijing meet didn't give any comments.

The Beijing World Challenge will be held later Wednesday.

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