Saturday, 14 July 2012 17:08
KARACHI: Former World Champion Tyson Gay shrugged off damp and cold conditions to power through to victory in the 100m dash at the London Diamond League meeting.
The American has planned a showdown with Jamaican Former World Record Holder Asafa Powell, before he pulled out of the event to rest his injured groin.
The 29-year-old former world champion of the 100m and 200m, is hoping to break the dominance of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake at this year’s Olympics. He finished clear of Ryan Bailey in 10.09sec and Jamaica's Nesta Carter in 10.13sec.
In 2011, Gay underwent hip surgery to solve several persistent problems. There were times during the recovery when Gay doubted he might ever run again at a world-class level.
But he made his competitive comeback after being idled for 50 weeks. However Gay remains cautious about his health, having used two physiotherapists to treat his hip during the trials.
"The plan worked. It held up pretty well," he said. "I'm just going to continue to take care of my body and stay healthy. That is the big thing."
In three weeks time just across the British capital, the American will again hope to be the first to cross the line in the 100m final.