OREGON, United States (CMC) – American Tyson Gay believes the World Championships in Berlin will be a massive showdown with sprint superstar Jamaican Usain Bolt.
Gay, the defending double sprint World champion, has been running quick times in the build up to the August Games and thinks he will challenge Bolt, the reigning double Olympic sprint champion and record holder.
“I’m looking forward to a fast race,” said Gay, after running a wind-aided 9.75 seconds in the 100 metres at the United States trials in Eugene on Thursday.
“I ran a wind-aided 9.7. He ran a wind-aided 9.7. We are both showing great fitness.”
Gay could only watch as Bolt made all the headlines at the Beijing Olympics last year, smashing records in the 100 metres and 200 metres, en route to dominating the events.
Injured during the US trials in the lead-up to the Olympics, Gay was not at his best and missed out on a spot in the 100 metres final.
Gay, who dominated the World Championships in Osaka, Japan two years ago, has been on the comeback trail ever since.
He clocked a quick 19.58 seconds in the 200 metres at the Reebok Classic in New York, the third fastest time in the history of the event and now seems poised to test Bolt’s mettle at the August 15-23 showpiece.
Gay said he possessed what was needed to beat Bolt, and would now focus on improving his start.
“Pretty much when I become more technically sound out of the blocks,” Gay said. “I have the mechanics. I have the coaching . it’s there.”
Bolt has looked impressive already this season, clocking a breezy 9.77 seconds at the 48th Golden Spike meet on Ostrava last week.