Tyson Gay runs 9.75 at US trials for fastest 100m of the year as Usain Bolt also secures 100m spot for Moscow with 9.94 at Jamaican trials
Tyson Gay improved his own world-leading mark by 0.11 in winning the 100m in 9.75 at the US Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, the fastest the 2007 world champion has run since 2009.
Gay had earlier run an identical but wind-aided time in the semi-finals to finish ahead of Justin Gatlin. It was a similar story in the final, as Gay recovered from a slower start to pass Gatlin and record an equal 10th-fastest 100m of all-time.
Gatlin clocked 9.89 while collegian Charles Silmon finished third and secured the final spot on the US team for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow thanks to a personal best 9.98.
Over in Jamaica and Usain Bolt was another to secure his place for Moscow, his 9.94 enough to see him finish ahead of Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade who clocked 9.98 and 9.99 respectively over 100m for second and third at the Jamaican Championships.
Bolt’s victory means he will be contesting both the 100m and 200m in Moscow, as reigning world 200m champion his spot for the longer sprint event was already secured, while Asafa Powell could only manage 10.22 for seventh so won’t be a part of the national team.
Back at the US Champs and English Gardner and Sharon Day joined Gay in setting world leads – Gardner clocked 10.85 to win the women’s 100m while Day won the heptathlon competition thanks to her world-leading 6550 points.
Octavious Freeman was second and Alexandria Anderson third in a shorter women’s sprint that was missing the reigning world champion Carmelita Jeter.
Friday’s action followed victories for Galen Rupp and Shalane Flanagan on Thursday, with both athletes dominating the 10,000m.
Rupp, training partner of Mo Farah who finished behind Farah for silver over the distance at the London 2012 Olympics, crossed in 28:47.32 which was enough to secure him his fifth consecutive US 10,000m title, while Flanagan recorded a stadium record with her 31:43.20 clocking.