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Powell, Gay on different roads to Osaka

24 July 2007

By Dave Ungrady

The top two sprinters in the world, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay, will pursue different competitive paths as they make final preparations for a possible long-awaited duel at the upcoming world championships in Osaka, Japan.

Powell, the world record holder in the 100 meters, is planning to compete in that event at the DN Galan Super Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden, on Aug. 3. Gay is scheduled to run the 100 meters at the Norwich Union Super Grand Prix in London on Aug. 3.

Neither runner has scheduled another meet between now and the world championships, which begin August 25.

On July 13, Powell, competing for the first time since straining a groin muscle at the Jamaican outdoor championships on June 23, won the 100 meters in 9.90 seconds at a Golden League meet in Rome. It was his best time of the season and is second behind Gay's 2007 world-best of 9.84, which he ran at the U.S. championships in late June.

Gay, ranked second in the world in the 100 meters in 2006, is scheduled to run against Olympic 100-meter silver medalist Francis Obikwelu of Portugal and Craig Pickering, one of Britain's top sprinters.

The Super Grand Prix meet will be held at the Crystal Palace venue, where Gay won the 200 meters last year in a meet record 19.84 at a Grand Prix meet.

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