Showdown in Zagreb; Gay vs Carter By Anthony Foster, trackalerts.com Monday, 30 August 2010
Tyson Gay is expecting "one of the fastest races" of the year, when he comes up against Nesta Carter of Jamaica, at this year's IAAF World Challenge Meeting, on Wednesday (Sept. 1), in Zagreb, Croatia.
Both sprinters presently share the title of 'world's fastest man of the season' so far this year.
American Tyson Gay first ran 9.78 seconds in London on Aug. 13, and Nesta Carter subsequently responded, with a 9.78 of his own, at the Rieti Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday.
Carter, a member of Jamaica's world record breaking, Beijing Olympic, 4x100m relay team (37.10), said he would have to be at his best to beat Tyson Gay.
"Once he's in form, you have to come very good to beat him," said Carter. "Last Friday (Aug 27) in Brussels, was his day. His day because I didn't run my race the way it was supposed to be run."
In that meeting, Carter ran a then personal best of 9.85, but lost to Gay, who in that race ran 9.79. Carter who had a very good start and was leading by a meter at one stage of that race, tied up and watched as Gay blew past him in the last 20 meters.
"Tyson is a fast finisher, so you have to be like gone or keep going when you get out there," added Carter. "He is a very, very good athlete. He is a 9.6 athlete, and I consider myself a 9.7 athlete at the moment. In London, I was then at 9.8, so beating him then would have been kind of difficult."
The 100m line-up also includes former world silver medalist Michael Frater from Jamaica, who set a season's best of 9.98 in Rieti, Michael Rodgers from the USA, sixth in Rieti in 10.00 and Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, who clocked 10.00 for seventh in that deep race.
Two-time world champion Blanka Vlasic, the other athlete who plans to put on a show, cleared 2.08m to top last year's meeting and is planning to break the world record here on her home-soil.
Tyson Gay leaves rival trailing to win 100m at Zagreb World Challenge UK Guardian 2nd Sept 2010
The American sprinter Tyson Gay ran 9.92sec to win the 100m at the Zagreb World Challenge today, leaving his Jamaican rival Nesta Carter trailing in second in 10.07sec. Michael Rodgers of the US was third in 10.14sec.
Gay and Carter share a time of 9.78 this summer; Gay reached it in London in August and Carter in Rieti last Sunday. Gay said he and Carter briefly clashed hands, preventing him from recording a quicker time. "I expected a better time," he said, before admitting the collision was his fault. "I have to apologise to Nesta Carter."
On a good day for the United States Dwight Phillips scored another long jump victory with 7.85 metres. Phillips, the Diamond League and triple world champion was pressed close by Luis Felipe Méliz of Spain, who managed 7.84m.
The American Nick Symmonds won the men's 800m in 1min 45.37sec, although the result was far below the personal best of 1min 43.76sec he reached in Rieti on Sunday. Mansoor Belal Ali of Borneo was 0.28 seconds behind in second.
Justin Gaymon, also of the US, won the men's 400m hurdles in 49.19sec, followed by Michael Bulheel of Belgium, 0.58 behind.
The American Lolo Jones was back in form after a weak performance in Brussels, winning the 100m hurdles in 12.87sec. The two-times world indoor champion finished only 0.01 ahead of Canada's Perdita Felicien. Another American, Danielle Carruthers, was third.
The 200m was also claimed by an American, Marshevet Myers – the 2008 Olympic gold medallist – who finished in 22.94sec. She was followed by Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, 0.14sec behind.
The Jamaican Kaliese Spencer, who won the Diamond League last week, added another victory in the 400m hurdles, finishing in 54.23sec. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic was second, 0.87sec behind.
In the women's 800m the Jamaican Kenia Sinclair won in 1min 58.59sec – her best time this season. Morgan Uceny of the US was second in 1:59.49.
The Croatian Sandra Perkovic, this year's European champion, won the discus with a throw of 65.56m.
Complete Zagreb IWC Results (iaaf results service)
IAAF World Challenge Zagreb Zagreb, 01/09/2010
100 Metres - Men Race 1. Wind: -0.3 m/s 1 Gay , Tyson USA 9.92 2 Carter , Nesta JAM 10.07 3 Rodgers , Mike USA 10.14 4 Frater , Michael JAM 10.17 5 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma NOR 10.21 6 Armstrong , Aaron TRI 10.24 7 Samuels , J-Mee USA 10.28 8 Edwards , Monzavous USA 10.32
Men's 800 Metres 1 Symmonds , Nick USA 1:45.37 2 Ali , Belal Mansoor BRN 1:45.65 3 Kinyor , Job KEN 1:45.86 4 Lancashire , Thomas GBR 1:46.28 5 Holu≈°a , Jakub CZE 1:46.63 6 Mohammed , Mukhtar GBR 1:46.98 7 Kazi , Tam√°s HUN 1:47.16 8 Bo≈æinovic , Jure CRO 1:48.41 9 Babic , Dusan BIH 1:51.29 Kombich , Ismael Kipngetich KEN DNF
Men's 110 Metres Hurdles Wind: -0.7 m/s 1 Thomas , Dwight JAM 13.40 2 Brown , Joel USA 13.43 3 Svoboda , Petr CZE 13.45 4 Turner , Andrew GBR 13.50 5 Sharman , William GBR 13.59 6 Grabu≈°ic , Jurica CRO 13.88 7 Wilson , Ryan USA 21.45
Brendan Cole was running well until he fell at the last hurdle. Got up to complete the course. See Video at bottom of post.
Men's Shot Put 1 Cantwell , Christian USA 22.22 2 Hoffa , Reese USA 21.48 3 Martin , Cory USA 20.90 4 Majewski , Tomasz POL 20.85 5 Armstrong , Dylan CAN 20.27 6 ≈Ωalsk√Ω , Anton√≠n CZE 19.69 7 Martin , Scott AUS 19.14 8 Scott , Dorian JAM 19.10
Women's 200 Metres Wind: -0.3 m/s 1 Myers , Marshevet USA 22.94 2 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie BAH 23.08 3 Mothersille , Cydonie CAY 23.55 4 Woods , Shareese USA 23.69 5 Amertil , Christine BAH 23.70 6 Moore , Consuella USA 23.94 7 Vukolova , Ekaterina RUS 24.08 Hargrove , Monica USA DNS
Women's 400m Metres 1 Hastings , Natasha USA 51.35 2 Dunn , Debbie USA 51.75 3 Rosolov√° , Denisa CZE 52.31 4 Williams , Shericka JAM 52.60 5 Darden , Dominique USA 54.40 6 Vdovina , Kseniya RUS 54.53 7 Banovic , Anita CRO 59.09 Cox , Shana USA DQ
Women's 800 Metres 1 Sinclair , Kenia JAM 1:58.59 2 Uceny , Morgan USA 1:59.49 3 M√•kestad Bovim , Ingvill NOR 1:59.82 4 Klocov√° , Lucia SVK 2:00.44 5 Plis , Renata POL 2:00.45 6 Clement Moser , Treniere USA 2:01.58 7 Wurth-Thomas , Christin USA 2:03.27 8 Andrianova , Tatyana RUS 2:07.74 Hargrove , Monica USA DNF