Sizzling Gay claims 100

Athletics: Stockholm GP: American world champ clocks 9.79 seconds to outclass rivals


Tyson Gay (right) races to victory past Asafa Powell in Stockholm on Friday. AFP

Gay, who has been struggling with a groin injury, had an excellent start and finished a remarkable 0.16 ahead of his compatriot Davis Patton.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica had to settle for third place in 9.98.
Gay's time, run with a tailwind, was just 0.02 outside the world leading 9.77 he set in Rome earlier this month.

"It was a good race. We knew the wind was strong, this is evidence of how hot I am and it's important for Berlin," the 26-year-old told reporters.

"The race felt good, and my finish was good. It was good considering I haven't really trained recently," said Gay in reference to the groin injury but added he had not felt any pain during the race, which was his last before next month's World Championships in Berlin.

The double world champion's clashes over 100 and 200 with Jamaican triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt are expected to be the highlight of the August 15-23 meeting.

"I haven't raced against him (Bolt) since New York last year, so I'm looking forward to it," Gay said.

American world champion Jeremy Wariner crushed all opposition in the men's 400 metres.
In the absence of Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, Wariner clocked 44.83 for his fifth consecutive win at the meeting in the Swedish capital.

American Allyson Felix, who will be bidding for her third successive world gold in Berlin, produced an awesome winning run in the women's 200 metres, to set the fastest time this year and a stadium record of 21.88. "It felt really good," said Felix. "I wanted to work the curve and I did, it really worked."

Swede Jesper Fritz and Ukraine's Maksym Mazuryk pulled off one of the evening's few surprises, tying for first place in the pole vault ahead of Olympic champion Steven Hooker. Both Fritz and Mazuryk cleared 5.61 on earlier attempts than the Australian.

Reuters

Results: Men's: 100M, race 1: Tyson Gay (US) 9.79 seconds, 1; Darvis Patton (US) 9.95, 2; Asafa Powell (Jam) 9.98, 3.  100M, race 2: Marc Burns (Trinidad & Tobago) 10.16, 1; Wallace Spearmon (US) 10.19, 2; Samuel Francis (Qatar) 10.21, 3. 400M: Jeremy Wariner (US) 44.83, 1; Michael Bingham (Bri) 45.49, 2; Kerron Clement (US) 45.83, 3.  800M: Boaz Kiplagat Lalang (Ken) 1: 47.11, 1; Yuriy Borzakovskiy (Rus) 1:47.34, 2; Oleksandr Osmolovych (Ukr) 1:47.35, 3.  1000M: Belal Mansoor Ali (Bah) 2:16.55, 1; Geoffrey Rono (Ken) 2:16.82, 2; Abubaker Kaki Khamis (Sud) 2:16.98, 3. 110M hurdles, race 1: Dayron Robles (Cub) 13.11, 1; Joel Brown (US) 13.38, 2; Jason Richardson (US) 13.43, 3.

3000M steeplechase: Michael Kipyego (Ken) 8:17.17, 1; Wesley Kiprotich (Ken) 8:18.29, 2; Abel Kiprop Mutai (Ken) 8:24.76, 3.

High jump: Jesse Williams (US) 2.30 metres, 1; Yaroslav Rybakov (Rus) 2.30, 2; Jaroslav Baba (Cze) 2.27, 3.

Pole vault: Maksym Mazuryk (Ukr) and Jesper Fritz (Swe) 5.61, 1; Steven Hooker (Aus) 5.61, 3. Javelin throw: Andreas Thorkildsen (Nor) 86.85, 1; Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (Ukr) 79.15, 1; Eriks Rags (Lat) 78.67, 3.

Women’s: 200M: Allyson Felix (US) 21.88, 1; Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Bah) 22.23, 1; Kerron Stewart (Jam) 22.72, 3. 400M: Shericka Williams (Jam) 50.63, 1; Antonina Krivoshapka (Rus) 50.80, 2; Monica Hargrove (US) 51.01, 3. 1500M: Christin Wurth-Thomas (US) 4:03.01, 1; Shannon Rowbury (US) 4:05.47, 2; Hannah England (Bri) 4:06.28, 3. 5000M: Jenny Barringer (US) 15:05.25, 1; Natalya Popkova (Rus) 15:05.95, 2; Ines Monteiro (Por) 15:07.08, 3. 100M hurdles: Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (Can) 12.51, 1; Lolo Jones (US) 12.52, 2; Brigitte Foster-Hylton (Jam) 12.57, 3.

Long jump: Yelena Sokolova (Rus) 6.84, 1; Ksenja Balta (Est) 6.82, 2; Brittney Reese (US) 6.81, 3.

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