Two reigning World champions and a pair of reigning Olympic champions will headline the Osaka Grand Prix on Saturday, the second IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2010.
Leading the field in the women’s 100m will be Jamaica’s two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. Earlier this year, Campbell-Brown won the World indoor title in the 60m in Doha, and outdoors has run 22.32 in the 200m.
Christian Cantwell and Dan Taylor are the featured athletes in men’s Shot Put. Discus Throw where Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton of the USA will throw against the reigning World champion, Dani Samuels of Australia.
Meanwhile, with Liu Xiang, the 2004 Olympic champion, pulling out of the 110m Hurdles due to injury, his Chinese compatriot Shi Dongpeng is now promoted to the position of favorite.
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.”
Triple Olympic and World sprint double champion Usain Bolt sizzled to a stunning 19.56seconds to win the men’s 200m at the Jamaican International Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday night.
Bolt got off to rocket of a start – blasting to 10.10seconds for the first 100, before covering the final 100m in sub-9.50seconds to send the entire stadium to their feet.
The performance was the fourth fastest ever for the event. He holds the world record at 19.19secs.
American Wallace Spearmon finished second in 19.98secs, with Ryan Bailey third in 20.43.
Veronica Campbell-Brown dominated the women’s race as she eased home in a time of 22.60.
American Tyson Gay landed another impressive win over his regular distant when he won the men’s 400m in a flash time of 45.05seconds.
The World 2007 sprint double champion from Osaka, ran a well judged race and managed to hold off the strong finish of Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales, who posted 45.22 and Trinidadian defending champion Renny Quow – 45.64.
“I have been working hard and I am happy to be back,” Gonzales told reporters after his second place finish. “I just want to look forward from here.”
Novlene Williams-Mills opening with her fastest ever time and win the women’s race in 50.33. Kenia Sinclair won the women’s 800m in a meet record of 1:58.62.
Carmelita Jeter produced a world leading 10.94 seconds to win the women’s 100 metres dash at the Jamaica International Invitational.
The American edged home ahead of defending champion Kerron Stewart, who finished strong with a time of 10.96.
Another American Marshevet Myers took third with a time of 11.13.
Last year Jeter opened her season with a time of 10.96secs and she was delighted with opening off a little quicker.
“I’m pretty please with my time tonight,” the American said after her victory.
“I knew Kerron was going to make me run today and I am please to crossing the finishing line and being healthy.”
Meanwhile, Yohan Blake false started in the men’s race and had to watch from the sideline.
When the event finally went off, Jamaica’s Nesta Carter clocked 10.09secs to finish ahead of American Darvis Patton, who stopped the clock at 10.23. Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson was third in 10.25. American world-leader Ivory Williams who last weekend said Usain Bolt would not have caught him had he gotten the baton ahead was fourth in 10.28.
American star sprinter Tyson Gay, has one goal in mind this year, and that is to lower Usain Bolt’s 9.58secs world record in the 100m.
Gay, who will continue his build-up to the rest of the season later this evening with a 400m run at the JN-sponsored Jamaica Inter-national Invitational inside the National Stadium, is hoping to improve on his own personal best of 9.69, which is also Bolt’s former world record mark.
The 2007 Osaka World Cham-pionships triple gold medalist and Berlin 2009 World Championships silver medalist, is also looking to improve his time in the 400m, and is eyeing the possibility of running the one-lap event on a more regular basis, in order to make the USA’s 4x400m relay team in the future.
“I’ve already programmed my mind to run faster,” said Gay. “I’m thinking of 9.58 or faster this year.”….The Jamaica Gleaner