Gay wins sprint double in Japan

Aug 30, 2007 - 2:00 PM By David Martin Special to PA SportsTicker

OSAKA, Japan (Ticker) - Tyson Gay, America's golden boy of the track, became the third man in history on Thursday to capture gold medals in the 100 meters and 200m at the World Championships.

He stormed to victory over the longer distance in a championship record time of 19.76 seconds.

Gay held off the challenges of Usain Bolt and Wallace Spearmon.

Jamaican Bolt clocked 19.91 seconds while Gay's U.S. teammate Spearmon finished 20.05.

The 25-year-old Gay's latest win saw him match the 100m and 200m doubles achieved by countrymen Maurice Greene in 1999 and Justin Gatlin two years ago.

Gay came off the last bend a lane inside his biggest rival, Bolt, and the pair powered into the home straight.

The Jamaican looked the stronger until, with 50m remaining, when Gay, the world's second quickest-ever 200m runner, went into overdrive.

The Kentucky speedster blazed the final distance.

Spearmon was runner-up two years ago in Helsinki and after false starting, had to settle for bronze.


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