• Diamond League

Gay runs ten flat on winning return

ESPN staff
June 9, 2012
Tyson Gay has the US Olympic trials later this month © PA Photos

Tyson Gay ran ten seconds flat in his first competitive race in nearly a year, at the Diamond League meeting in New York on Saturday.

Gay triumphed in the 100 metres 'B' race, in what is expected to be his only chance to get some competition under his belt ahead of the US Olympic trials later this month. Jamaican duo Kemar Bailey Cole and Jason Young were second and third in 10.30s in a photo-finish.

Gay said: "[Coach] Jon Drummond told me before the race, 'You run nine, you're going to be okay, if you run 10 flat you're going to be okay,'" Gay said. "That helps me because you normally you run 10 flat [and] you're like, 'Dang.'"

The American, 29, is the second-fastest man in history over 100m, with a personal best of 9.69s, but has been dogged by a hip injury over the past year.

In other 100m action, Jamaica's Yohan Blake crossed the line first with a time of 9.90s, with Trinidad's Keston Bledman second in 9.93s. And in the women's race, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked a season's best 10.92s for victory.

Elsewhere, Britain's Robbie Grabarz leapt 2.36m - 0.01m behind the best performance in the world so far in 2012 - to take second place in the high jump.

Kenya's David Rudisha set a new world-leading time this year with a run of 1:41.74 in the 800m.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.