American record-holder will run 150m at the Powerade ION4 Great City Games
2007 double world champion Tyson Gay will make his first European appearance of the year when he returns to compete at the Powerade ION4 Great City Games in Manchester on May 15.
Gay, the world’s fastest 100m sprinter last summer, will race over 150m on a specially constructed track at the innovative street meeting, taking place for the third successive occasion on Deansgate.
Last season Gay maintained a clean sheet over 100m, including handing out world record-holder Usain Bolt his first sprint defeat for two years.
The 28-year-old set a world best performance for 200m on a straight track of 19.41 at this competition last May, and he will be aiming for another stylish display over the shorter distance. He clocked 14.41 into a -0.4m/s wind for 150m en route to his 200m straight world best, which compares favourably to Bolt’s world best of 14.35 set with a 1.1m/s tailwind the year before in a 150m race.
But Gay isn’t making any wild predictions. “I’m just looking forward to coming back to Manchester and I want to perform as well as I did last year, but my primary goal is to just get my first competition of the year in the books,” he said.
“It was my first ever ‘straight’ 200m race and obviously when you’re used to running a turn, it was strange adjusting to not having one,” he added of last year’s race. “So I was very pleased to adjust to something really new and get the world best performance. Maybe if conditions are better I might be able to run faster than last year.”
Marlon Devonish, who set a British record of 14.88 when runner-up behind Bolt in 2009, and European 200m silver medalist Christian Malcolm lead the domestic challenge. But the big danger could come from Portugal’s former Olympic 100m silver medalist Francis Obikwelu, who was a surprise winner of this year’s European indoor 60m title.