American sprinter Tyson Gay insists he can run as fast as Usain Bolt if he remains healthy this season.
By Gary Smith
Gay, the second-fastest man over the 100m with a time of 9.69seconds, admits that he is still some way behind Bolt’s 9.58secs world record, but believes he can get to that standard.
“I just need to stay healthy, and I think if I do that, I will be able to show the world that I can run just as fast as Usain Bolt, if I stay healthy and work on my start,” said Gay, who finished a distant second to Bolt at the World Championships in Berlin last summer.
“I am a while away from breaking the world record but I believe if I stay healthy and focus I can come close to it, so that is my main goal.”
On when he will clash with Bolt, Gay said: “The match up between Usain and myself, I am not sure where yet, but that is going to be the big one for me. I am going to race him at least three times this year.”
Gay opted to race in the 400m at the Jamaica Invitational last weekend instead of the 200m which he usually runs and he went on to take that event.
He said he does not like the feeling after the quarter-mile, but claimed he could do one last one this season.
“I am pretty satisfied because I put in a good effort. Maybe one more, my head hurts pretty bad and I threw up a little bit and I didn’t like the feeling, so this may be the last one, I am not so sure,” said Gay.
Gay also praised Bolt’s 19.56secs run to win the 200m.
“That was an excellent race, the guy is great and ran a very good race for the home crowd.”