Former world champion Tyson Gay ran 10.04 seconds in pouring rain to win the 100 meters at the Montreuil meeting on Monday.
Gay crossed the finish line 0.12 clear of 2008 Olympic runner-up Richard Thompson with a 0.5-meter headwind.
“I definitely want to get to 9.8-9.7 shape,” Gay said. “It may take a couple more races to get down there.”
“I felt better today than I did in Lausanne,” Gay said. “My start was better in Lausanne, but here I felt better in the race.”
I felt better today than I did in Lausanne. My start was better in Lausanne, but here I felt better in the race.
“It was tough last year, but I didn’t take off the training,” Gay said, “I continued to train and work through ups and downs of last year. I managed to make it through.”
Gay is the second fastest sprinter in the 100 behind Usain Bolt. He said his doping suspension was a learning experience.
“I’m learning to be more responsible,” Gay said. “As an athlete, you have to be responsible for your supplements.”
“That’s motivation for me,” Gay said. “That’s my goal. I’m looking forward to that.”
Michelle-Lee Ahye, who is the best performer in the women’s 100 this year, overcame a poor start to beat Carrie Russell in 11.32, while Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross pulled away in the final straight to win the 400 in 51.12.
Among the surprises of the meet, world’s runner-up Tony McQuay finished third in the 400, more than a second behind Yousef Masrahi, who won in 44.55.
And Cindy Billaud clocked 12.79 to stun worlds bronze medallist Tiffany Porter in the women’s 100 hurdles.