Tyson Gay sets world lead in 200m race
The American sprint star claimed the world lead for both the 100m & the 200m at the US trials
Tyson Gay won the US trials 200m race in emphatic fashion after clocking a world leading time.
The searing time of 19.74 seconds came just two days after he had set the world leading time in the 100m with a time of 9.75, proving he is one of the favourites for the world title in Moscow for both events.
Gay, who has been dealing with various injuries for the last few years, said to reporters: "It feels good to do that. I am just happy to be healthy."
At the age of 31, Gay has announced that he can still provide serious competition for Jamaican star Usain Bolt at the big events this season.
Both men will meet in August at the World Championships in three events, which include the 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100m relay.
While Tyson Gay has already clocked some world-class results this year, Usain Bolt has only ran a 19.79s 200m race at Oslo Diamond League and has failed to beat the 9.9-second barrier in the 100m.
"It's no secret Usain Bolt is obviously the greatest of all time," stated Gay, when asked about the Jamaican's form. "He's definitely going to be prepared."
Along with Gay, Isiah Young placed second with 19.86, while Curtis Mitchell finished third at 19.99.
110m hurdlers world record holder Aries Merritt and women’s sprint star Allyson Felix, have also made the U.S. team, despite not winning their events at the trials.
This season could also be triumphal for the American relays, which have been dominated by the Jamaicans for the last few years. Nevertheless, the US team now has some young and fast sprinters, powered-up by two in-form stars, Gay and Justin Gatlin.
As for the Jamaicans, Usain Bolt is not at his best, while Yohan Blake is still recovering, and might not make the World Championships. Asafa Powell is struggling with a series of physical problems and only Warren Weir, who lately clocked a great 19.79 in the 200m, is at his peak at the moment.
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