August 7, 2009
Star Sport

Bolt, Gay set for triple clash

( l - r ) Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay - File photos

World 100 metres record holder, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, and his American challenger Tyson Gay are set to duel three times in three weeks beginning with the IAAF World Championships, which gets under way in Berlin in a little over a week's time.

The much-anticipated clash will see Bolt, the triple Olympic champion, and Gay the reigning World champion, go head to head over both the 100 and 200 metre distances.

The sprinters have not faced each other on a track in almost a year, and while it is Bolt who has the world record in both events, 9.69 (100m) and 19.30 in the 200m, Gay has run the fastest times this season, clocking 9.77 and 19.58, respectively. This should set up an intriguing showdown over both distances between the men.

long overdue

The long-overdue match-up had been expected to materialise at the Olympic Games in Beijing, but Gay, then recovering from injury, did not make the 100m final and had earlier failed to make the American team in the 200m event after taking a tumble during the race at the National trials. Bolt went on to break his own 100m world record of 9.72, set at the Reebok Grand Prix and American Michael Johnson's then 12-year-old record over 200m.

The battle is expected to continue after Berlin as the two are expected to meet over 100m in Brussels on September 4, and according to UK-based tabloid The Sun, could also match spikes in Zurich on August 28, over a distance yet to be determined.

"There have been discussions. People really want to see a one-off race," Gay, was quoted as saying.

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