Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:10pm IST
By Liu Zhen and Nir Elias
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Former world champion Tyson Gay equalled the second fastest 100 metres time ever on Sunday when he clocked 9.69 seconds at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix.
Gay’s time equalled the world record set by Jamaican Usain Bolt when he won the 100 metres final at last year’s Beijing Olympics.
Bolt reduced his mark to 9.58 seconds at this year’s Berlin world championships with Gay second in 9.71.
Gay, who has been suffering from a strained groin, told reporters he would be more motivated to challenge Bolt’s world record when he was fully fit.
“I’m not too motivated because I’ve not been fully healthy …I ran my run so well even though my groin hurts,” he said.
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Interesting blog post from Jimson Lee at speedendurance.com, who has broken down the 10m split times from both Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt over their most recent major meets.
[edit in: another excellent biomechanical analysis of Bolt’s potential here].
Compare Bolt’s last 10m from Beijing (1.73 sec) vs. his last 10m in Berlin (1.66 sec). Chased by Tyson Gay, Bolt actually ran through the last phase of the race this time.
Usain Bolt Splits – 9.69 vs 9.58 – Can He Run Faster?
August 17, 2009 by Jimson Lee
Honestly, I didn’t expect Usain Bolt to run sub 9.60.
I felt a WR was imminent after watching his SF, and I knew his chest thumping slowdown in Beijing showed me he could run low 9.60.
But a 9.58?
Now, in all fairness, I added Tyson Gay’s splits, just to show what it will take to beat Usain Bolt. I mentioned his 9.68 +4.1 wind aided race winning the 2008 USATF Olympic Trials in a previous post.
You can also thank Tyson Gay for making Bolt push though the race. Bolt came to Berlin to win. The World Record was bonus.
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A feature I produced last year before the Beijing Games. It’s good to see Tyson come through with a personal best of 9.71 today in Berlin at the World Championships. Hard to imagine a sprinter running 9.71 and losing by over 1/10 of a second.
Great to see the favourites finish 1-2-3. Bolt, Gay, and Powell have all dominated world sprinting over the last quadrennial, and they came through in the most competitive 100m final in history. This was a far more competitive test for Usain Bolt than Beijing was. Usain Bolt has dropped the WR from 9.74 to 9.58 in just over a year. That’s a .16 second improvement, completely unheard of over 100m. Beautiful sprinting yes, but come on.
Bolt sets new world record in men’s 100 metres
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AUGUST 16, 2009 1:22 PM
Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line to win the gold medal in the men’s 100 Metres Final during day two of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. Bolt set a new World Record of 9.58 seconds.
Photograph by: Andy Lyons, Getty
Usain Bolt became the first man to run the 100 metres in under 9.6 seconds Sunday when he set a new world record at the IAAF world track and field championships in Berlin.
The Jamaican sprinter stopped the clock in an astonishing 9.58 seconds, besting his previous mark of 9.69 set at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. American Tyson Gay was second in 9.71 and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell was third in 9.84.
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This is a feature I did on Tyson Gay last summer for the Beijing Olympics. The soft-spoken track star is mounting a comeback this year after a hamstring injury destroyed his Olympic summer last year. He had hopes of following up his spectacular double World Championships gold in Osaka in the 100m and 200m with Olympic gold. It wasn’t to be.
Judging by his times this season, he looks like he’s headed for redemption in August in Berlin. Everyone else has already awarded the races to Usain Bolt. Promising showdown.
Gay sets year’s best time in 100 metres at Rome
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – 1 hour ago
ROME — Tyson Gay gave notice to world record-holder Usain Bolt by running the fastest 100 metres of the year in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Gala on Friday.
Gay swept past previous record-holder Asafa Powell 40 metres from the finish in a time that would have been good enough to equal the world record less than two years ago.
Powell finished second in 9.88, and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake was third with 9.96.
“I feel that I improved on the previous races,” Gay said. “Today the race was better executed and my shape is improving.
“(Bolt’s) in excellent shape. I was working really hard for this, but I’m still training and I feel good.”
Gay is preparing to defend his 100 and 200 titles at the world championships in Berlin this summer.