Weather thwarts Tyson Gay’s attempt

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WINNING EFFORT: Tyson Gay (left) of the U.S. and Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu compete in the men’s 100m final.
WINNING EFFORT: Tyson Gay (left) of the U.S. and Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu compete in the men’s 100m final.

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LONDON: British weather again put paid to the world record hopes of Tyson Gay but the American sprinter nevertheless produced an impressive display to win the 100metres in 10.02 seconds at the London Grand Prix on Friday.

Gay, who clocked 10.13 in almost winter conditions in Sheffield last month, had to contend with a headwind of almost a metre as he sought to beat Jamaican Asafa Powell’s mark of 9.77. The American, who nudged a hundredth under that with the wind at his back two months ago, was out of the blocks first, picked up smoothly and finished well clear of Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu (10.18) and Briton Marlon Devonish (10.26) to remain on course for a showdown with Powell in the Osaka world championships later this month.


“I’m undefeated, he’s undefeated, one of us has to lose,” Gay told reporters. “That was my last race (before Osaka) I’m 100 percent and I’m ready.”

Sanya Richards was also impressive over one lap, comfortably winning the women’s edition in 49.80 even though she failed to make the U.S. world championship team for the distance and will race only in the 200.

The results: Men: 100m: 1. Tyson Gay (U.S.) 10.02s, 2. Francis Obikwelu (Por) 10.18, 3. Marlon Devonish (G.Br) 10.26. 200m: 1. Usain Bolt (Jam) 20.06s, 2. Wallace Spearmon (U.S.) 20.11, 3. Joshua Johnson (U.S.) 20.48. 110m Hurdles: 1. Ryan Wilson (U.S.) 13.27s, 2. Aries Merritt (U.S.) 13.35, 3. Ron Bramlett (U.S.) 13.47.

1,500m: 1. Bernard Lagat (U.S.) 3:35.71, 2. Nicholas Kemboi (Ken) 3:36.13, 3. Andrew Baddeley (G.Br) 3:36.68. 4x100m relay: 1. United States ‘B’ 38.38s, 2. United States 38.65, 3. Poland 38.99. 2 miles: 1. Craig Mottram (Aus) 8:11.16, 2. Mohammed Farah (G.Br) 8:20.47, 3. John Kibowen (Ken) 8:21.34.

Triple jump: 1. Aarik Wilson (U.S.) 17.58m, 2. Leevan Sands (Bah) 17.55, 3. Randy Lewis (Grn) 17.43.

High jump: 1. Stefan Holm (Swe) 2.32m, 2. Tomas Janku (CZE) 2.29, 3. Jesse Williams (U.S.) 2.26.

Long jump: 1. Christopher Tomlinson (G.Br) 8.16m, 2. Brian Johnson (U.S.) 8.14, 3. Nathan Morgan (G.Br) 7.95.

Shot put: 1. Reese Hoffa (U.S.) 22.43m, 2. Christian Cantwell (U.S.) 21.66, 3. Rutger Smith (Ned) 21.19. Women: 200m: 1. Veronica Campbell (Jam) 22.55s, 2. Torri Edwards (U.S.) 23.19, 3. Kim Gevaert (Bel) 23.31.

400m: 1. Sanya Richards (U.S.) 49.79s, 2. Allyson Felix (U.S.) 50.17, 3. Novlene Williams (Jam) 50.91.

800m: 1. Lucia Klocova (Svk) 1:59.91, 2. Marilyn Okoro (G.Br) 2:00.11, 3. Jemma Simpson (G.Br) 2:00.18.

3,000m: 1. Lauren Fleshman (U.S.) 8m 43.92s, 2. Joanne Pavey (G.Br) 8:44.13, 3. Sarah Jamieson (Aus) 8:48.41. Pole vault: 1. Yelena Isinbayeva (Rus) 4.82m, 2. Svetlana Feofanova (Rus) 4.76, 3. Jennifer Stuczynski (U.S.) 4.70. — Agencies

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