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Gay happy to win, but not impressed with time

15 July 2007

By Gary Smith

American speedster Tyson Gay said he was disappointed at the time in which he ran in the 100-metres dash on a rainy day at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Despite pulling away from the field in last 40m to win the event, Gay was unable to go under 10-seconds for the time in a winning performance and he said he was not impressed with the winning time.

“It is rare for me not to run under 10 seconds, yet over the 100m [in these conditions] my muscles were not properly warmed up as they can be in the 200m,” he said after his win.

“I am a little bit disappointed. I really have not done any speed work and it was not the best time. But I am satisfied with the victory. I am a little bit upset with the time. I really, really expected to run better but my body just was not ready.”

Gay, the top ranked sprinter in the both the 100m and 200m this season, was hoping to break the 9.77 seconds world record, set by Asafa Powell of Jamaica in 2005, but was only a 10.13 seconds man on the wet track in Sheffield.

“I came to the track yesterday and the sun was out and it was warm, so I was expecting the same thing but the weather turned around. I am a little rusty now,” Gay said.

Britain’s in-form sprinter Marlon Devonish continue his good form this season by finishing second in 10.23 just ahead of Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu, at 10.24.

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