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Tyson Gay blasts to 100m gold in Osaka after Powell tightened up

26 August 2007

USA's Tyson Gay wins the gold medal in the final of the Men's 100m dash at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan USA's Tyson Gay wins the gold medal in the final of the Men's 100m dash at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan
American Tyson Gay justified that he was the man to beat with a spirited run to win the men’s 100m dash at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Osaka.

Gay clocked 9.85 to win the event, surprisingly over Bahamian sprinter Derrick Atkins, who ran a new national record of 9.91 to take the silver medal.

“Normally, I have 100% confidence in myself, but today I was a little bit nervous. My mother and Jon Drummond kept telling me ‘Just believe in your top speed,’” Gay said.

“So I stayed relaxed and believed in my top speed even though I had a bad start and Asafa was in front of me. After 60 metres I saw that I could catch him - and it worked!

“My gold medal feels so good and I am very proud of it. For the 200 metres I will have to see what my body says.

“I really believe that one day the world record will be mine. This year, I would like to run against Asafa Powell again in one of the upcoming meetings.”

After leading the race in the early parts, world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica tightened up in the last 60m and had to settle for the bronze medal in 9.96.

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