By Winston Barnes, World-Track
BRUSSELS — The planned showdown between World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, his American arch rival at the Van Damme Memorial meet will not go down.
Bolt, the Jamaican world record holder in both events, following his dominant performances at the world championships in Berlin, has decided to run the 200 meters in Brussels on Friday instead of the initial planned 100m dash
The clash with Gay was cancelled, as the American said Tuesday he will not switch from the 100 at the last Golden League meet of the season.
Gay said a lingering groin injury will prevent him from running an effective curve, forcing him to concentrate on the 100 instead. In the 100, he will face former world-record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica, a man who believes he can run 9.6 at the meeting.