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Gay fastest ever in negetive wind (9.84) - U.S. Championships - DAY 2

22 June 2007

By Gary Smith and Michael Bishop

Tyson Gay may not have gotten the 100-metres World record, but he finished the second day of the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships here in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday as not only the American champion and world-leader, but also the faster runner ever into a head wind.

A blistering run by Gay

Shooting from the blocks with World Indoor champion Leonard Scott to left, Gay moved away from the field to win is first U.S. title in a time of 9.84 seconds (-0.5 m/s), a time which improved Walter Dix’s previous mark of 9.93. His time also improved the meet record of 9.90, held by Leroy Burrell and Maurice Greene.

“It will come,” Gay said after the race. “I am not really focusing on it (world record) though. In the right conditions I will get it.

“I think my start was really good. It’s the best my body has felt in a long time. I’m happy with my race - 9.84 with a slightly negative wind, that’s a PR for me.”

Running impressively from the opening rounds, collegiate sprinter Trindon Holliday finished second in 10.07, while NCAA sprint double champion Dix took third in 10.08.

However, despite qualifying for the World championships, both Holliday and Dix are still uncertain if they will make the trip to Osaka, this summer.

Edwards proves she is the best

Torri Edwards continued her impressive run this season by taking the women’s 100m in 11.02, despite a headwind of -0.9.

Edwards, a former world champion was again dominant in the middle of the race as she brushed aside her rivals to earn her spot on the U.S. team to the World Championships this summer.

Finishing behind her were defending world champion Lauryn Williams, who got home second in 11.16, Carmelita Jeter (11.17) and Allyson Felix (11.17).

Exciting 400m clashes ahead

The men’s 400m was also impressive even without defending world champion Jeremy Wariner, who has decided to take on a strong field in the 200m.

LaShawn Merritt and Angelo Taylor won their respective semi-finals with time of 44.44 and 44.64.

Joining them in the finals are Lionel Larry, at 44.67, Olympic relay gold medallist Darold Williamson with a 44.87 and reigning world 400m Hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson, who clocked 45.06 for third place in his semi-final.

Sanya Richards showed that she will definitely be hard to beat in the women’s after producing a world-leading time of 50.02 to take her heat.

In the finals, Richards will welcome the faces of De’Hashia Trotter, the winner of the second heat in 50.70 and NCAA champion Natasha Hastings, who eased down in the final metres to take second in 50.72.

“It felt really good. Today I wanted to execute. I felt good and finished strong,” Richards said.

“I’ve been sick and people keep saying that if anyone is going to beat me, now is their chance. I wanted to run well today and send the message that I’m still in great shape.”

Tinsley shocker!

The men’s 400m Hurdles semifinals saw Micheal Tinsley surprising with a huge big personal-best of 48.02 in heat two to post the fastest time in the world this year. He defeated Kerron Clemen, who came home in 48.08.

James Carter took the first heat in 48.91.

On the women’s side of things, Tiffany Williams ran 55.18 to lead the runners from the first round.

“I made it through. It was a clean race. I stuttered over the first hurdle but I made it through and that was the goal,” she said.

“I feel good. I want to win and I want to make the (World Championship) team and that is the main thing.”

The men’s Long Jump title went to Dwight Phillips, whose second round jump of 8.36m was enough to give him another title.

In other results, Bernard Lagat (13:30.73) and Shalane Flanagan (14:51.75) took the men’s and women’s 5,000m, Brad Walker (5.70m) won the men’s Pole Vault and Melissa Bickett (54.66m) won the women’s discus throw.

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