Justin Gatlin, who made the U.S. Olympic team for London this weekend after winning the 100m at the Olympic Trials, has the perfect solution for how to resolve that third place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh.
“I’m voting for Jell-O wrestling match,” Gatlin said. “Red Jell-O. That’s my favorite.”
Then, later on SportsCenter, he switched it up to mud wrestling.
Sure, that makes sense. Why focus on their athletic ability when we can all just watch them roll around in the mud for our pleasure.
I’m guessing that comment is going to cause Gatlin more trouble than he bargained for.
Later, he said that he doesn’t like the idea of a run-off.
“I think Jeneba is a great young talent and Allyson Felix is a darling of the sport,” Gatlin told ESPN. “The plight we have here is that not only are they great runners who put a lot of heart out there, they’re coached by the same guy and they’re training partners.
“They’re both great 200-meter runners as well, so why put them in a situation where they have to run against each other in a real race when they run almost every day against each other? They have to prepare for the 200. They have a whole field that’s ready to go out and make the field in the 200, too, so that’s not fair to them.”