Friday, August 6, 2010

Tyson Gay beats Usain Bolt; Måkestad falls short of PR at DN Galan...

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--In the season’s single most anticipated face-off, Tyson Gay (left/photo by Paul Merca) handed Usain Bolt his first 100m defeat in two years to highlight the DN Galan – Samsung Diamond League – in the Swedish capital Friday.

In their first meeting in nearly a year – and just their third 100m head-to-head ever - history’s two fastest men lined up side-by-side, two brick red lanes in Stockholm’s historic 1912 Olympic Stadium which were the focus on this night of much the sporting world. And in the end it wasn’t even close, with the American record holder powering to a 9.84 meeting record leaving the Jamaican well back and heaving in his wake.

“I told you I’m not unbeatable,” said Bolt, whose last loss over the distance came on this same track two years ago. His post-race analysis was clear from the gun, when Gay came out blazing. In clear command by midway Gay forged onwards as Bolt’s customary late race charge never happened. The Jamaican reached the line in 9.97, the second slowest final of his career. Trinidad & Tobago’s Richard Thompson, the Olympic silver medallist, was a distant third in 10.10.

After collecting his first victory over the world’s fastest man, Gay was customarily modest. “I’m happy with the victory, but still looking forward to when Usain and Asafa (Powell) will be in 9.6 shape to race with them.” In addition to a major scalp, Gay took home a one carat diamond for breaking Powell’s 9.86 stadium record set in 2008 when he beat Bolt.

In the women's 1500 meter run, former University of Washington runner Ingvill Måkestad finished eleventh in a time of 4:04.92, just short of her personal best of 4:04.22 set in Paris last month.

Current Samsung Diamond League leader and 2008 Olympic champ Nancy Langat of Kenya was the winner in 4:00.70.

Ginnie Powell Crawford, the Seattle native from Rainier Beach HS did not pick up any Samsung Diamond League points, as she finished fourth in her semifinal in the 100 meter hurdles in 12.90, the same time as Jamaica's Vonette Dixon, who advanced to the final.

Australia's Sally Pearson won the 100 meter hurdles final in a season best time of 12.57.

Crawford now sits in a tie for fifth in the Samsung Diamond League standings with two scoring opportunities remaining with two points.

Complete results from the DN Galan stop of the Samsung Diamond League series are available here.

The IAAF contributed to this report.

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