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Gay promises to break 100m record next year

3 October 2007

World champion Tyson Gay promised to break the 100m world record next season after finishing this one with a comfortable victory at the Yokohama track and field meet at the weekend.

The American dashed 100m in 10.23 against wind and rain, followed by Churandy Martina of the Dutch Antilles and Naoki Tsukahara of Japan.

Gay, a triple sprint champion at the Osaka world championships, said he would focus on outdoor races in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics in an effort to beat the world 100m record of 9.74 seconds set by rival Asafa Powell.

Powell did not finish the Yokohama 200m race due to a hamstring injury.

“I would like to beat the world record next year,” Gay said after his race.

“I believe my fitness level is there, my technique is there. But I really believe I need the right conditions,” he added.

He shrugged off speculation that Powell’s injury would slow the Jamaican in the coming season.

“No, not at all. I don’t think (the injury) is too serious. I feel sorry for him, I didn’t see what happened. But I don’t think it’s too serious,” Gay said.

Powell’s manager said the Jamaican might have strained his left thigh.

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