Gatlin back among elite at nationals

By the Associated Press | June 24, 2011 | 10:00 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix won the national title in the 100 meters Friday and Justin Gatlin finished second to earn a spot on the U.S. world team, in a successful return to major competition after a four-year doping ban.

Dix finished in 9.94 seconds to beat Gatlin by 0.01. Michael Rodgers, the 2009 national champion, finished in 9.99 to earn the third spot at worlds.

Tyson Gay withdrew from the meet because of a hip injury.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, is on a comeback after missing four years when he tested positive for excessive testosterone.