By Gene Cherry. Casually dressed in a white-and-blue shirt and light-coloured shorts for the walk to a news conference, he had the serious manner of David planning his challenge to Goliath. For his own peace of mind, the averagely-built Gay needs to somehow find a way to defeat Usain Bolt, the tall and long-striding Jamaican Olympic and world champion who seemingly wins at will. Their metres personal bests stand more than a tenth of a second apart, Gay at 9. For a third consecutive year, his quest to catch Bolt is being hampered by a leg or groin problem. An old back injury that flared up after Gay ran the fastest-ever metres straightaway in Manchester in May is the likely culprit.
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Tyson Gay handed Usain Bolt only his second professional m defeat as the American stormed to victory at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. Gay clocked 9. Britain's Michael Rimmer impressed in the m but was again edged out by European champion Marcin Lewandowski. Rimmer's defeat came just a week after being agonisingly denied European gold following a late dip by the Pole in Barcelona. With perfect conditions in Sweden for sprinting, Bolt and Gay - the world's two fastest m runners in history - exchanged a touch of hands as they prepared to face each other over this distance for only the third time. Despite the Jamaican having struggled this season with an Achilles tendon injury, few would have expected the manner in which the year-old from Kentucky cruised through in Sweden's Olympic stadium. Bolt's last defeat came at the same Stockholm track in when Jamaican compatriot Powell took victory.
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The two fastest men in history had only raced each other twice before over m — Bolt winning with world records on both occasions. But Gay, who beat the world record holder by a good metre and a half tonight, was quick to play down the victory, citing Bolt's injury problems as having affected his performance. Powell was missing with a back injury, a late withdrawal from the line-up that was intended to showcase the three best sprinters in the world.
T yson Gay has likened the m final at the World Championships to a heavyweight showdown between himself and Usain Bolt. The champion from two years ago in Osaka is expected to line up against Bolt, the Olympic champion, in Berlin on Sunday night, and Gay believes he can break the Jamaican's world record 9. Gay had no problem with his duel with Bolt being hyped like a showdown in Las Vegas. I know that Usain Bolt is going to try to break the world record and I know that is what I am going to have to do to win.