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BACK AT HIS BEST:Tyson Gay is confident that he can take on the hegemony of the Jamaicans.— Photo: AP
BACK AT HIS BEST:Tyson Gay is confident that he can take on the hegemony of the Jamaicans.— Photo: AP

Healthy at last, Tyson Gay, who notched up a 100m-200m double in scintillating style at the U.S. athletics championships recently, knows just how hard it will be to take down Usain Bolt at the World championships.

“It’s no secret Usain Bolt is obviously the greatest of all time and he’s definitely going to be prepared,” Gay said after wrapping up an undefeated trials campaign last Sunday.

That came two days after the 30-year-old posted the fastest 100m of the season in winning the event in 9.75sec.

Free of the injuries that slowed him for years in the wake of a three-gold performance at the 2007 World championships, Gay said he was looking forward to taking on Bolt — and the rest of Jamaica’s sprinters — at the World championships in Moscow which run from August 10 to 18.

“I’m looking forward to it man,” Gay said. “It’s going to be tough, tough on the body, tough on the mind.”

Justin Gatlin, who edged Gay for 100m bronze at the London Olympics by one-hundredth of a second, booked his Moscow berth with a runner-up finish to Gay in the 100m, despite with a mild right hamstring strain.

Gatlin opted out of the 200m because of the injury, but said Gay’s resurgence, and an infusion of young talent, could see the United States reassert itself in the sprints that Jamaica, led by Bolt, has dominated in recent years.

“It’s not about one person. It is about a team collectively and that’s what they have done to us these past few years,” Gatlin said of Jamaica.

“They worked as a team, and that’s how they overcome us for years and years.

“So now I think if we work together as a team and use our speed and our dynamic teamwork we can definitely bring the title of the fastest man and fastest team to America.” — AFP

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