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Tyson Gay Targets Usain Bolt's 19.19 Half-Lap World Record

American World 100m silver medallist Tyson Gay, who is scheduled to run the 400 metres at tomorrow’s seventh staging of the Jamaica International Invitational, is hoping to challenge Usain Bolt’s 200m record of 19.19 seconds later this season.

“I hope that my 400m relates to my 200m dropping down and I think that’s the key,” Gay told journalists during a one-hour teleconference organised by track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, yesterday.

Gay, the 2007 world sprint double champion from Osaka, is third on the all-time list of 200m runners with 19.58 achieved last season. Only Bolt and former record-holder Michael Johnson (with 19.32secs) has ever gone faster.

“I’m healthy and for me to open up with 44.8 by accident, because I haven’t been training in spikes or done any speed work, that’s just amazing, but it just shows that I go out there and run hard,” he added…..Read More

Tyson Gay To Attack 200m Record in Manchester

Sprint ace Tyson Gay will bid to smash the long standing world best for the 200metres on a straight track at the Manchester CityGames on May 16.

The 28-year-old world 100m silver medallist will be watched by current holder Tommie Smith, whose record of 19.5seconds was achieved 44 years ago on a cinder track in San Jose, Texas.

“Given the advantage of no bend and the surface is a vast improvement on the cinder track Smith achieved his mark, I’m almost certain Tyson, unless the weather or wind spoils the attempt, will surpass the performance,” said Andy Caine, the meeting’s elite athlete manager.

Gay last summer ran the 200m around a turn in New York in a time of 19.58sec which has only been surpassed by Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson.

The Great CityGames programme will also see Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu competing over 150m, while Sanya Richards-Ross, who succeeded her as world champion last summer, will run in the 200m.

Ohuruogu, runner-up a year ago when setting the first of her two UK records for the distance, will go head to head with fellow Briton Jessica Ennis, the world heptathlon and pentathlon title holder.

The Sunday morning Bupa Great Manchester Run will feature Haile Gebrselassie and Derartu Tulu, arguably the world’s two greatest ever distance runners.

Bolt belonged not in the 2008 Olympics but the 2040 Games

In this month’s issue of Esquire magazine, there’s a great read on the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. What made the piece so fascinating and enlightening was this paragraph:

“Ethan Siegel, a theoretical astrophysicist at Lewis & Clark College, recently charted a graph to demonstrate that, judging by the incremental progression of the 100-meter world record over the past hundred years, Bolt appears to be operating at a level approximately thirty years beyond that of the expected capabilities of modern man.

Mathematically, Bolt belonged not in the 2008 Olympics but the 2040 Olympics. Michael Johnson, the hero of the 1996 Olympic summer games, has made the same point in a different way: A runner capable of beating Bolt, he says, ‘hasn’t been born yet.’”…….Read More

Usain Bolt unlikely to challenge 400m WR until After 2012

Jamaican sprint sensation, the exciting Usain Bolt says he is unlikely to target Michael Johnson’s 400m world record until after his London 2012 mission.

American Johnson, world record holder is set at 43.18 seconds and he has suggested the Olympic and world 100m and 200m champion should change events.

However, Bolt said: “The 400m is painful! I think it is somewhere in the future but hopefully after 2012.”

He clocked an impressive 43.58s split at a recent 4×400 relay and will run over 300m in the Czech Republic in May…..Read More

Usain Bolt To Attack 300m World Record In Ostrava


IAAF World Athletics Final - Day Two

Usain Bolt (r) of Jamaica on his way to victory in the men’s 200m during day two of the IAAF World Athletics Final at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt will make a rare appearance in a 300-meter race at the Czech Golden Spike meet in May.

Organizers announced on Wednesday that Bolt, the Olympic and World sprint champion over the 100 and 200 metersand world record in both events, will attempt to break the world mark in the distance in Ostrava on May 27.

American legend Michael Johnson holds the current world record of 30.85 seconds. The IAAF does not recognize it as a world record, as the distance is not used at major events, but the should he become successful he would add to the list of accomplished records, which also include the 150m world record.

Last year, Bolt won the 100 meters in 9.77 seconds and will race for the fourth time at the meet, which is part of the new IAAF World Challenge series.

By Gary Smith, World-Track