Powell, Gay set for Stockholm rematch

By Gary Smith, World-Track

STOCKHOLM — American world champion Tyson Gay will get another stab at former world record holder Asafa Powell before the World Championships with the pair set to clash over another 100 metres at DN Galan at Stockholm Olympic Stadium Friday, July 31.

Gay_romeGay and Powell, who last raced at the Gala in Rome last Friday, will both be on show at next week’s London Grand Prix but will line up in different events.

"Tyson Gay against Asafa Powell is a duel that all meetings dream of and it is fantastic that we have it," said meeting director Rajne Söderberg. "But we also have seven of the world’s fastest men, among them three of the finalists at the Beijing Olympics."

Gay matched his personal best and American record in Rome when he blasted 9.77seconds to beat Powell (9.88) and he is hoping for another good showing before defending his sprint titles in Berlin.

"After London I will run my final 100 metre race at the Olympic Stadium before heading to the World Championships in Berlin," said Tyson.

"It’s exciting to come to a meet where they award a special gift like the diamond for a Stadium record. I hope Rajne Söderberg has to give out ten diamonds at the meet. If I happen to be lucky enough to win one, I would give it to my little girl Trinity.

"The track is fast, but the fans and conditions are the reasons for world records. I’m sure everyone is lining up to run their personal best as myself.

"To eliminate the track, the part of the Stadium that has given it its rich history and make it into a soccer only Stadium, does not seem right," he added.

Powell, who has a personal best of 9.72secs, achieved last season following a dismal showing in the flat event in Beijing, has the DN Galan current Stadium record of 9.86.

He established the mark in a fantastic 2006 season when he dipped under 10-seconds 12 times, including twice times at 9.77, which was a previous world record of his.

14 thoughts on “Powell, Gay set for Stockholm rematch

  1. Asafa Powell is more than capable of whipping Tyson Gay soundly, even though he’s perhaps 90% fit, but first he must ovecome his psychological barrier of fear!

  2. ASAFA POWELL IS A VERY TALENTED SPRINTER, EXTREMELY TALENTED, BUT BEING CAPABLE MEANS NOTHING, ACTUALLY DOING IT IS WHERE IT’S AT SON! AND SOUNDLY BEATING TYSON GAY? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT! THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN SOUNDLY BEAT ANYBODY IS MR. BOLT, PERIOD!!!!

  3. Powell and Bolt only run fast outside of america. They make a lot of excuses as if they are hurt or their race was off. Its more than getting the right money for the race. None of the Jamacan team hardly run in meets over in the usa.when they do run, their times are average. 2 weeks later after they leave the usa, they are running some of the fastest times in the world.

  4. Who cares about running at American meets, Jamaicans dont have to do that, but I agree with Peter, Bolt broke the world record in the U.S. Campbell-Brown always runs world leading times in the U.S. Kenia Sinclair runs fast, Asafa Powell and Gatlin always lay down fast times at Prefontaine among others. No disrespect to you, but chill Mike

  5. I THINK RIGHT NOW BOLT IS THE BEST.I PREDICT I THE WORLD IN BERLIN
    THAT BOLT WILL RUN 9.45 AND GAY WILL RUN 9.62 AND POWELL WILL RUN 9.69. IN THE 200 I THINK BOLT WILL RUN 18.75 AND GAY WILL RUN
    19.13. THE RELAY IS KIND OF UNPREDICTABLE RIGHT NOW. I WILL SAY THIS; JAMICAN SPRINTING IS ON TOP RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY HAVE CAUGHT UP TRAINING WISE AND AMERICAN KIDS JUST DO NOT WANT TO
    RUN TRACK ANY MORE. FIRST AMERICAN KIDS STOPPED RUNNING DISTANCE AND NOW IT IS THE SPRINTS.; BUT MAYBE IN THREE YEARS.SOME MONSTER AMERICAN KID MIGHT COME AROUND AND FLOW EVERYONE AWAY. MY PICK FOR THE ALL TIME BEST TRACK ATHLETE IS JESSE OWENS HANDS DOWN. IF HE HAD RAN IN THREE MORE OLYMPICS HE WOULD HAVE HAD MAYBE 10 MORE GOLD MEDALS.

  6. asafa is capable of beating bolt gay, anyone you put infront of him today. in order to beat bolt he needs to be 100% healthy, as is bolt and gay. He also needs to get ahead in the race early by getting a better start. he then needs to remain technically focused (focus on technique). if asafa gets a great start and executes his race. if bolt or gay gets ahead or even with asafa, Asafa becomes excited and loses focus. instead of holding form and concentrating on technique, he will begin to think about pushing hard to catch them and thats where he will lose focus, lose technique and lose the race. in order to beat tyson gay, Asafa has to again get out of the blocks earlier, stay focused on his technique and run at least 9.70. he’s given every indication that he can run that time. tyson gay has given none. Tysons PB is 9.77. he will better that soon, but not by any great margin. Asafa has gone 9.77 or better at least 5 times with little or no wind assist. asafa has also beaten gay more times than gay has beaten him. also Asafa is the only man in history to have lowered the world record 3 times. another thing that i think makes asafa the most dangerous of the three is that he shows a willingness to race the toughest competitors out therem, anytime, win or lose. i saw Asafa’s last races against bolt and gay, in Jamaica trials and in rome 2009. and i am certain that while asafa may still not have won the races. I could see that he was holding back in both races. he wanted to test his ankle and qualify for berlin and he did that injury free. Asafa will soon be back on top of the sprint game.

  7. It’s going to be a good race, but something tells me gay may sneak away with this one. with all respect to bolt, his starts has been very suspect lately(worse ever meet) and gay seems to have been accelerating faster in his drive phase. which has always seem to his weakness. gay’s last race against asafa, he also shut it down with 10-15 meters left. everyone is saying that the you have to bring your a game and hope he has a bad day, but i think bolt is going to have to bring his a game. i think tyson gay will win one of the two races and i think it will be the 100 meters because bolt isn’t expecting it. he see gay as a definite threat in the 200 meters. my predictions of the “3 Headed Monster” is…………………gay 9.55, bolt 6.61, asafa 9.67. then bolt gets upset and runs 19.19 and gay 19.32. two new world records.

  8. I agree waynef. Asafa has the potential to beat Gay and the explosive Bolt. The headliners seem to forget he has lowered the record three times and has a PB of 9.72 Also we mere mortals seem to overlook the huge achievement and training it takes to lower your best time by just one or two hundredths of a second. These guys are stretching the limits all the time. To do that without drugs is exciting and awesome.

  9. With all due respect Roger B. I do not see anything that suggest thatr Tyson Gay may be able to run in the 9.6 range let alone the 9.5’s range. I see every indication that bolt and asafa can go 9.6. bolt is Jogging 9.8 – 9.79. In ideal conditions that is easily a world record, as is his 19.59 in cold conditions, Rain, and a headwind of over 1.0 m/s. Tyson Strugles to do 9.77 in warm, dry ideal sprinting weather and even with the wind at his back. each of these conditional elements work to raise or lower a sprinters time. For those who don’t know. Tyson ran 19.58 with over a 1m/s type wind behind him. that is a huge boost in Sprinting terms. in a headwind that maight equate to 19.75 to 19.85 over a the 200m curve and straightaway considered. For those of you that have never run into a headwind and then with the wind at your back. try it some time. you’ll feel a huge difference. Tyson Gay himself has all but admitted that he thinks that bolt is unbeatable calling him “a beast”, …”The best runner on the plannet right now” , ……as well as fearless. All the while trying tro remain optimistic and confident. saying he’s confident of defending his 3 world championship golds. I still think that Asafa, the last man to beat Bolt, in cold weather and headwind, will spring a surprise in Berlin. he is definatley not running at his best right now, but will soon be100%. This man (Asafa) ran 9.72 in virtually no wind, even easing up before crossing the line. he later said if he knew he was so close to the world record he would have just went for it. I’ll be surprised to see Gay run 9.72 in windless conditions. I already know of two men that can do and hav done that. important to note tyson gay has never run below 9.8 into a negative wind. i know two guys that have. 2009 Beijing 100m final was run into a negative wind. asafa’s 9.72 waqs run with virtuall 0 wind 0.2 to be exact. Tyson gay will impress me when he runs below 9.8 with 0 wind advantage. but i still won’t consider him in the class of bolt and asafa unless he begins to do the 9.7’s consistently, and without wind aid. it boggles my mind that people are speculating that gay may run 9.6’s or even 9.5’s this year. no-one just goes out and does that one day all of a sudden. not even Usain Bolt. i predict that bolt will run 9.64 in Berlin asfa will match him in a photo finish. but Gay will run 9.74 to set a new US record. The only leverage that Tyson has in his favor is psychological. he barely beat a 19 year old Usain Bolt in osaka in 2007, and marginally beat asafa powell in the 100m. Derrick atkins of Bahamas also beat Asafa in that Osaka 100m final race. where is Atkins now. not among the world elites thats for sure. Asafa has clearly not been himselt when it comes to big international competitions. he just abandons his technique and runs like a mad “man” as said by Asafa himself. he needs to relax like Yohan Blake and Usain bolt and have fun. but thats clearly not his or Tyson gay’s style. clearly gay has Benefitted from Bolts youthfulness and Asafa’s Psychyological problems in 2007. but as far as I see it. Gay has done nothing on the Track timewise, that asafa and bolt don’t easily do when healthy.

  10. As for the 200m. iot will be a 1,2 finish between Bolt and Gay. Bolt will post a new Wr at 19. 24 and gay will post a record of 19.45. a huge .13 better than his PB. Before anyone argues don’t forget that unlike Micghael Johnsons 19.32 former WR, set in a modest 0.4m/s wind buit more importantly at more than 300m above sea level. this means thinner atmospheric pressure and much faster times. Bolt set his WR at sea level. this means significantly greater atmospheric pressure. pressure that is insgnificant if you’re out for a morning jog but could affect the time of a world class sprinter by fractions of a seconds. could mean the difference between a 9.69 and a 9.59, or a 19.30 and a 19.19 over 200m. i just wish that American Track and field body to ensure that their runners run in more conditions that are not wind aided so their times can reflect their abilities a bit better. all these great times run in Pos+ wind conditions on american soil aren’t helping them. because when the plying field is leveled the tide turns and not in their favour.

  11. Agree with wayne here wee need to get out sprinters away from Eugene it tricks us ionto believer our sprinters are faster than they really are .this is only making things bad for us against the jamaicans who run fast with no wind .

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