Gay beats Bolt in Stockholm

“I’m really happy with the win, even though Usain Bolt isn’t in the best shape,” Gay said. “It was very important to beat someone like that for the fans and the sport.

STOCKHOLM  _ Tyson Gay beat Usain Bolt in the 100 meters at the DN Galan meet in 9.84 seconds on Friday, August 6th at the same stadium where Bolt last lost a race two years ago.

The American always looked in complete control against world record-holder Bolt, who was second in 9.97.

A sellout crowd in the 1912 Olympic Stadium was silent before the race between the two fastest men of all time. And the tension increased among the 20,000 spectators even further after two false starts.

The pair raced side by side in lanes four and five and Gay looked comfortable throughout, slowly pulling away while the Jamaican was straining to keep up in the highly anticipated race.

“I’m really happy with the win, even though Usain Bolt isn’t in the best shape,” Gay said. “It was very important to beat someone like that for the fans and the sport.

“My body worked well today, I was excited and motivated.”

Bolt has ran faster this year, timing 9.82 a month ago in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“I think (today) showed that I wasn’t in the best of shape,” Bolt said. “I’m not unbeatable. I can be beaten and it showed today.

“This is my easy season. If you don’t beat me this season it’s not going to happen next season because next year is a championship year.”

The sprinters both looked like they left plenty in reserve when they cruised through the heats, and so it proved for Gay when it came to the final.

Richard Thompson of Trinidad finished third in 10.10.

Asafa Powell defeated Bolt at the same meet two years ago, but pulled out of this year’s race on Wednesday with a back injury, denying fans the chance to see the first race between the world’s three fastest men since Bolt stormed to a new world record of 9.58 last August at the world championships in Berlin.

In other events, Darya Klishna of Russia beat a top-class field in the women’s long jump with 6.78 meters. Brittney Reese of the United States was second with 6.75, and European silver medallist Naide Gomes of Portugal third with 6.72. European champion Ineta Radevica of Latvia was down in fifth, with 6.70.

“I missed Barcelona so this was something special for me,” said Klishna. “I always like to jump with the best possible field. It gives me more motivation.”

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia won an exciting high jump competition with 2.02. American Chaunte Howard-Lowe was second with 2.00 and home-crowd favorite Emma Green of Sweden was third with 1.94.

American Bershawn Jackson set a new stadium record of 47.65 in the 400 hurdles. Javier Culson of Puerto Rico was a distant second in 48.50 and Angelo Taylor of the U.S. third in 49.57.

A throw of 84.41 meters by Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki inflicted a rare javelin defeat on world, Olympic and European champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway, who was second with 83.63. Mattias De Zordo of Germany came third with 82.05.

Allyson Felix won the women’s 200 in 22.41 in an American sweep of the podium; Shalonda Solomon was second in 22.51, and Bianca Knight third with 22.59.

Australian Sally Pearson won the women’s 100 hurdles in 12.57, beating Canada’s Priscilla Lopes-Schliep in 12.59 and Lolo Jones of the United States, who was third, clocking 12.70.

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