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Gay outsprints Bolt in Stockholm showdown

The Local/AFP · 7 Aug 2010, 10:36

Published: 07 Aug 2010 10:36 GMT+02:00

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Gay was quickest out of the blocks after the race was delayed by two false starts and his first ever win over Bolt was sealed in comprehensive fashion.

The American powered home in a time of 9.84 seconds, well ahead of the out of form Bolt (9.97) who appeared sluggish by his own lofty standards.

“I was happy,” said Gay after the race. “But at the same time I still knew he wasn’t 100 percent. When we’re both running at 100 percent we’ll be able to let the world know what we can do.”

For the Jamaican world record holder it was a return to the same track where he last tasted defeat two years ago to compatriot and world bronze medalist Asafa Powell.

“Stockholm is not my place, but I can’t blame it on Stockholm. Tyson was much better prepared and in better shape and he was more focused I think," said Bolt.

Powell was forced to withdraw from Friday's Stockholm leg of the Diamond League due to a groin injury.

Powell, the former 100m world record holder, said: "I'm really upset. I was looking forward to challenging Usain and Tyson and was hoping that I would be in the race with a solid chance to win.

"But with the way I've been feeling it would be difficult to finish the race."

Bolt, Powell and Gay have not competed against each other since the final of the world championships in Berlin a year ago, where Bolt shaved 0.11sec off his world record of 9.69sec from the Beijing Olympics.

In Germany Bolt set a new time of 9.58, with Gay in second (9.71) and Powell third at 9.84.

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At the Paris leg of the Diamond League Bolt confirmed his status as the fastest man over 100m setting a time of 9.84 to beat Powell (9.91).

Stockholm was the 11th leg in the 14-event Diamond League series.

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Your comments about this article

11:08 August 7, 2010 by Brtahan
Hahah Gay!!!
11:25 August 7, 2010 by insect
Finally! Bolt was getting letting his past wins get into his head.
15:59 August 7, 2010 by krow
I dont think he was prepared to race either.But after the organisers paid him a big money for appearance, he could not refuse coming. He has nothing to lose, the bigger event is coming. Watch out the record breaker. lol
18:31 August 7, 2010 by G Kin
Bolt hasn't been back in his full form after being ill for a while and hence not training. But I think this defeat in some way is a good thing for these three top sprinters.

Bolt is likely to be even more mature after this break in his string of victories.

Then Gay and Powell perhaps in some way will know they are still a force to recond with.

Just good a duell at the end of the day for us lovers of sports to watch :)
20:43 August 7, 2010 by ilockitdown
No matter bolts condition he should of still been able to take this race :P But yea there must have been a problem because he looked just pathetic from 40 meters out, wincing and not making up any ground
10:15 August 8, 2010 by Decedo
Congrats Gay. Too bad it was only an exhibition race though. Bolt was paid $250,000 to visit Stockholm, smile for the camera, and jog down the track in a meaningless race. Not sure what Gay was paid.
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