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Former world record holder tips Gay to beat Powell in Osaka

23 June 2007

By Gary Smith

Former British World record holder in the 110-metre Hurdles, Colin Jackson has tipped American Tyson Gay to win the men’s 100m at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, later this summer.

Jackson said the American Gay is a strong candidate to beat World record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica, who he said does not look the same this season, as he did last year.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he (Gay) nipped Asafa Powell at the line at the World Championships,” Jackson said, while reporting on the European Cup for BBC Sports.

“Gay is looking really good this season and Powell just a little below expected this year.”

Jackson noted that the form of Gay was no real surprise to a few people, especially after seeing his fantastic season half season last year, where he ran personal bests of 9.84 for the 100m and 19.68 for the 200m.

At the U.S. Championships in Indianapolis, on Friday, Gay equalled his personal best of 9.84, while running into a headwind and he is confident in breaking the record if the conditions work in his favour.

The former Arkansas sprinter believes he can take the world record to as low as “9.73 or even faster.”

Meanwhile, Gay will be hoping to stay focus for the full weekend, as he will not be vying for the 200m title to round off what has been a fantastic season so far.

And this is what track and field needs, someone to step up the way Gay has done this year. More so, it sets up a great battle between himself and Powell, who is currently in Kingston, racing for the Jamaica crown this weekend.

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