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Tyson Gay believes Osaka could be the place for a 100m world record

24 August 2007

American sprint ace Tyson Gay, a man on target to win gold medals in both the 100m and 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, starting this week, believes the world record may fall when he clashes with Jamaican Asafa Powell in dash.

“My first goal is to be victorious and try to take the gold medal,” Gay said.

“But everything I am hearing about the track and the surface, it’s supposed to be super fast. So I’m really thinking it’s possible for the world record to be broken.”

Earlier this year Gay, who captured the American sprint double in June clocked a wind-aided 9.76 to win at the New York Grand Prix.

He currently has to two fastest times in the world this summer over the 100m (9.84) and 200m (19.62) and he strongly predicts a fast time in the final of the straight-away dash.

“In the final, I believe it’s going to take maybe 9.80 or faster. I will go really fast under the right air conditions,” the 25-year-old Gay said.

“I feel very good. This is what everybody has been waiting for and I’ve been waiting for as well.

“He’s (Powell) been undefeated for over a year now and I’ve been undefeated for this year.

“I really think that the best thing to do is really feel confident going into this race,” added Gay.

The heats are on Saturday with the final set for Sunday.

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