Gatlin upbeat despite Beijing performance

Despite failing to win gold in the 100m and 200m sprints at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, Justin Gatlin has remained upbeat as he reflected on his success throughout the 2015 season.

After setting the fastest 100m time of the year, Gatlin explained that 2015 has been a successful year for him and that even though he couldn’t finish ahead of Usain Bolt in Beijing he is still grateful that he was able to walk away with a couple medals.

"I regard it as a successful season," the 33-year-old told dailynews.lk. “I've been leading from the start of the season so for me to come out here and do something is successful within itself.

"To be able to come away from a world championships and win medals where there were some athletes who are great athletes who didn't even get to the finals or make the podium in Beijing, so to come away with two silvers, I'm happy with that."

With the Rio 2016 Olympics set to take place in 2016, the American has said that he will be taking a different approach to the Games and that he will continue to try and be the fastest man on the planet.

"Obviously I want more so that's going to make me hungry in 2016," said Gatlin, who is going to be 34-years-old when Rio 2016 commences.

"This coming year I have to run the 100 and 200m, three rounds at the US national trials," he said.

"Next year's going to be a different look so I think a lot of people are not going to see me as early, but when I do show up I'm going to show up."

The controversial sprinter, who has already served two doping bans, said that he is aiming for consistency in the coming months and that as long as he’s in the sport he will continue to try and improve on his sprint times.

"The goal is bettering myself from last year," he explained. "In 2014 I was running a lot of 9.8sec, this year I ran a lot of 9.7s, I just pushed the envelope a little more, in China, to better myself.

"It wasn't a perfect season when it came to the last 30 metres of my race even with the faster times, and those are things I can work on in 2016 and hopefully get some faster times."

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