Friday, July 10, 2009
Gay Answers Bolt's Call as Sprints Highlight Rome
Tyson Gay and Kerron Stewart made strong cases for why they could both be atop the podium as the Road to Berlin passed through Rome today.
Gay blazed a world leading 9.77 in just his second 100 of the season as he handily defeated former world record holder Asafa Powell and a very strong field. Gay used a decent start and tremendous mid race surge to run by Powell and the rest of the field on his way to victory.
Kerron Stewart (JAM) used a similar surge midrace to overtake the blitz start of countrywoman and Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser. With her win she replace Fraser as world leader and solidified her early season performances as she lead the world for the majority of the spring. In other Rome action:
Women's 1500 - defending champ Maryam Jamal (BRN)cranked out a stunning 3:56.55! Crushed the field with a grinding last lap. 3:59.98 for Christin Wurth Thomas as she takes second place! Continuing her improvement and showing that she is not afraid to get in there and run.
Men's 5000 - Bekele easy in 12:56.24 for the world lead. Top 6 under 13 minutes. Makes sub 13 look like a walk in the park.
Women's 100 hurdles - Olympic champ Dawn Harper in 12.55. Very strong second half of the race took her to a clear victory with little pressure.
Men's 110 hurdles - Robles in 13.17 after a somewhat slow start. Easy win after Dexter Faulk false started on the firs go round.
Women's 400 - Sanya Richards, 49.47 once again dominated the field which this time included defending World 200 champion Allyson Felix (US).
Men's Long Jump - Dwight Phillips (US) buried the field early with a big 8.61m (28' 3") jump.
Full results can be found here.