Gay sizzles to WL 9.79secs, Ashmeade 9.96
BY ANTHONY FOSTER,
Saturday, 04 June 2011
CLERMONT, Florida - Top American sprinter Tyson Gay sizzled to world leading time here at the National Training Centre (NTC) Sprint Series, sponsored by PURE Athletics, on Saturday.
The former World Championships sprint double champion ran 9.79 seconds, beating the previous world leading time of 9.89 held by Steve Mullings. Wind 1.1m/s
Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade ran a personal best 9.96, beating his previous record of 10.05, for second while Kleston Bledman of Trinidad & Tobago also dipped below 10secs with 9.99. Travis Padgett was 4th with 10 flat.
Trackalerts.com source said Gay has decided not to run in the final.
Usain Bolt, Gay's biggest obstacle for the past three years, had ran 9.91 twice this season at Diamond League Meets in Rome and Ostrava. Gay launches his Diamond League in New York on June 11.
Gay "thanks for the congrats notes to my facebook and twitter."
"Decided I needed to challenge myself out of spotlight a little bit today. Warmed up wit my training partners just like it was practice but it was a race. A low key one – 9.79. Looking forward to adidas Grand Prix," Gay posted on his twitter page.