Athletics Shocker – Tyson Gay Beats Usain Bolt

Tyson Gay of the USA has recorded his first ever 100m win over World and triple Olympic Champion, Jamican Usain Bolt, in a Diamond League event at Stockholm.

In the sprint event held on Friday, Gay recorded a modest 9.84 seconds with Bolt trailing behind at 9.97. After reasonable starts by the two runners, Gay was ahead by a metre at the 20m mark, and stayed ahead for the rest of the race.

Bolt, recovering from a calf injury sustained in May, was clearly not in peak form or shape, in a race that saw a couple of false starts.

This was only the second professional defeat suffered by Bolt, who holds the 100m world record of 9.58 secs that he set in Augut, 2009, in Berlin.

But Tyson Gay admitted that Usain Bolt was not in peak fitness. Bolt recorded a faster time of 9.82, earlier this year, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 1912 Olympic Stadium in Stockholm saw a sell-out crowd in anticipation of the showdown between the two fastest men, ever.

Bolt played down his defeat with modesty saying that he was not unbeatable.

The crowd was denied a rare spectacle of three 100m powerhouses on the same track, when Asafa Powell missed out on the race, after he pulled out of the event, on Wednesday, owing to a back injury.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Bolt became the first man after Carl Lewis in 1984 to win both the 100m and 200m sprint events.



Source by Suresh Iyer