World indoor champion Justin Gatlin staked his claim as a contender for the Olympic 100m with victory in Doha's Diamond League meeting in 9.87 seconds.
The American overhauled Asafa Powell in the final 30m to edge out the Jamaican by one hundredth of a second.
Olympic champion Usain Bolt opened his 2012 campaign
with a run of 9.82 seconds
in Kingston on 5 May.
Gatlin, who won 100m gold at Athens 2004, is eligible for London 2012 after
serving a four-year doping ban.
His victory at the Qatar Sports Club marked a return to the venue where he set a new world record in 2006, a mark subsequently wiped from the record books after testing positive for testosterone.
2012's top men's 100m times
- Usain Bolt (Jam): 9.82 seconds
- Justin Gatlin (US): 9.87
- Asafa Powell (Jam): 9.88
- Yohan Blake (Jam): 9.90
- Rakieem Salaam (US): 9.98
- Lerone Clarke (Jam): 9.99
The 30-year-old made his comeback to athletics in 2010 and
won 60m gold ahead of Great Britain's Dwain Chambers
at the Indoor World Championships in Istanbul in March.
Whether Gatlin gets a chance to compete for a medal at the Olympic Stadium in August is dependent on his performance in the United States trials in Portland which begin on 21 June.
Regardless of his presence, a cast of credible pretenders to Bolt's crown have made their case.
With Commonwealth champion Lerone Clarke finishing third behind Gatlin and Powell in 9.99 seconds, six men have run under 10 seconds already this season.
American Walter Dix, who won bronze in both the 100m and 200m behind Bolt at the Beijing Games, won the event's 200m in 20.02 seconds.
In a field packed with quality, American three-time world champion Allyson Felix trumped the challenge of her Jamaican rivals to win the women's 100m in 10.91 seconds.
Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympic champions at 200m and 100m respectively, finished second and third.
Elsewhere in the season's opening elite-level Diamond League meeting, Great Britain's
came third in the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 55.25 seconds, behind Jamaica's Olympic champion Melaine Walker in 54.63.
finished fourth in the men's 400m in 44.99 seconds, eight tenths of a second off Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt.
who has 2012's world-leading jump at 8.35m, came a disappointing fourth in the men's long jump with a leap of 7.98m behind Russia's Aleksandr Menkov.
But fellow Briton
ran a personal best of one minute, 44.64 seconds as he finished third in the men's 800m behind Kenyan winner David Rudisha, while Molly Beckwith racked up a season's best of 1:59.51 as she came home sixth in the women's 800m.
was fourth in the pole vault after clearing 4.50m, while Vivian Cheruiyot beat Meseret Defar in the women's 3,000m.