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Gay says 100m winner may have to produce a world record

11 August 2008

By Gary Smith

American world champion Tyson Gay believes a time faster than 9.7 seconds would have to be run to win the Olympic 100-meter final in Beijing.

Gay, who ran a wind aided 9.68 secs at the U.S. trials said he has been focused on that that feat since his defeat to Jamaican Usain Bolt, who produced a world record of 9.72 in May to win at the Reebok Grand Prix.

"When Bolt ran 9.72, I realized that I had to run a 9.6 to beat him and that's what I trained my mind to do," Gay told a news conference on Monday.

"The record can go and the guys can go '9.6'. I did it with a lot of wind but I feel I can go there without wind.

"This is one of the hottest 100s in history, there hasn't been as much hype about it for a long time."

Meanwhile, despite all the focus being on Bolt for the title, Gay was not ready to pick a favourite.

"I guess it should be the world record holder but Powell is very confident right now," he said.

"There is pressure on Bolt and I don't know how he's taking it, he's a young guy and he likes to have fun. Regardless of what he says, people are expecting him to win the gold medal. I'm in the back but I've had some good practices.

"To have three guys who have run 9.7, I think it's amazing, and I can't overlook [Americans] Walter Dix and Darvis Patton, or any of the others."

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