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Tuesday June 25, 2013

Tyson set for Moscow double after 200m win

In full flight: Tyson Gay en route to his victory in the 200m at the US Athletics
Championships at the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday. — AFP In full flight: Tyson Gay en route to his victory in the 200m at the US Athletics Championships at the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday. — AFP

DES MOINES (Iowa): Tyson Gay flew to the year’s fastest 200m of 19.74 seconds at the US Athletics Championships on Sunday to set himself up for a World Cham­pionship sprint double challenge.

Gay, who notched the season’s fastest 100m on Friday with a victory in 9.75, again demonstrated he is fit and ready to take on six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt and his fellow Jamaican sprinters at the World Championships in Moscow on Aug 10-18.

Gay refused, however, to be drawn into any predictions as to how the US sprinters would stack up when the world’s best gather.

“I am going to do the best I can,” Gay said. “I can’t speak for the other guys but I am going to go out there and give it my best.”

As for his four days’ work in Des Moines, Gay said he was satisfied.

“I wish my 100m was a little bit better. I have enough time to work on that,” he said.

“My 200m was just an indication of my fitness. I’m definitely glad I was victorious.”

Gay’s 200m time eclipsed the 19.79 clocked by Bolt in Oslo on June 13 as the fastest in the world this year.

Gay powered through the curve and held on for the victory at Drake Stadium, with Isiah Young second in 19.86 and Curtis Mitchell third in 19.99.

Veteran Wallace Spearmon, a former world championships bronze and silver medallist, couldn’t book his Moscow berth, finishing fourth in 20.10.

Gay, 30, has been hindered by a series of injuries since winning three gold medals at the 2007 worlds.

A hamstring injury derailed his 2008 Olympic campaign and 2011 hip surgery to resolve several chronic problems saw him sidelined for almost a year. He was shut out of the medals in the 100m at the London Games last year.

Weary after his 100m victory, Gay had said he would consider dropping the 200m if he felt it threatened his fitness.

Securing the double, and emerging healthy, was a mental and physical boost.

“A little bit of pride, a little bit of ego,” he said of opting to go for it in the 200m. “I didn’t want to give up on myself.”

In the women’s 200m, US collegiate champion Kimberlyn Duncan pulled off an upset, running down 2012 Olympic champion Allyson Felix to win in a wind-aided 21.80. — AFP


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