By Glen Andrews, World-Track

BERLIN — Defending champion Tyson Gay withdrew from competing in the men’s 200 metres a day after inflicting more injury to his groin during the 100m at the World Championships in Berlin.

Instead of fighting with the rounds, which would set up another showdown with arch rival Usain Bolt, the American has decided to focus on preparing for the sprint relay.

"Rather than risk further injury, I’ve decided that I will not compete in tomorrow’s first round of the 200m," Gay said Monday night.

"I would like to be a part of Team USA’s 4x100m and believe this decision will give me the best chance to be ready for the relay. I want to help our relay as best I can."

Gay blocked the pain from his groin to run a stunning national record of 9.71 seconds to finish second behind a majestic world record 9.58seconds performance by Jamaican Bolt over the 100m on Sunday.

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