Giving Justin Gatlin what he's due: respect


RIO de JANEIRO — Life can be complicated. To try to make sense of it, all people tell each other stories. For Americans, the story of redemption is arguably the national narrative — the manifest destiny to overcome and make a difference in our world. Think of a jillion episodes of Oprah or Dr. Phil. Or even presidential campaigning: George W. Bush on the campaign trail a few years back, declaring he had been “born again” after years of drinking.

Justin Gatlin, silver medalist in the 100 // Getty Images

Usain Bolt won the men’s 100m on Sunday night.

But Justin Gatlin — give the man his due. He deserves recognition and respect.

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