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C'mon Justin, speak up and clean up your sport

Updated: September 5, 2006, 12:31 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

Don't disappear just yet, Justin Gatlin. Don't vanish into thin air as just the latest fraud in a lengthening list. There's one more important race left to run.

What hurt so much about Gatlin's positive sample result wasn't that he was an Olympic gold-medal athlete who turned up dirty. We're used to that now. What stung was that Gatlin seemed different -- kinder, more genuine, more real. He designed prom dresses for high school friends. He had an interest in art. He didn't seek fame and ...

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