Tyson Gay came within two tenths of a second of breaking rival Usain Bolt’s 150m world record in a scintillating performance in Manchester and now has the World Championships in his sights.
Gay, the fastest man on the planet last year, was headlining the Deansgate Street meeting and he did not disappoint as he clocked 14.51 seconds – just outside Bolt’s 14.35 sec best.
Fellow American Darvis Patton and Brits Christian Malcolm and Marlon Devonish could not keep up with the brilliant Gay who stormed through 50m to150m in just 8.8 seconds.
“I am satisfied with my time, it was pretty fast and I just want to stay healthy now. I need to stay that way and get through the trials for the World Championships but that is the aim,” he said.
“I have had some niggling injuries this season so I am pretty impressed with my performance. I feel a bit sore now but I am OK. I am used to it. It is nothing major.”
This is the second year in a row Gay has wowed the Manchester crowds and it is a meeting he has used to great effect both years in not only finding out where he himself is but also sending a message around the sprinting world.
“I really enjoy this format. The crowd was great and I would really like to come here again,” he added. “The conditions were not that bad to be honest, you just have to go out there and take them in your stride.
“I am not sure if I had a time in my head. I wanted to be around the same time I was last year. I was 14.41 last year and I am 14.51 this year so I am in a pretty similar place which is good.”