Entering Friday’s race, Bolt’s claim to 100-meter fame was the world record. But history did little to faze Gay in Stockholm.
One year after the Jamaican broke his own Beijing-bred mark in Berlin, his American counterpart stole the show at the DN Galan meet in Sweden, winning the 100-meter competition with a time of 9.84 seconds. While Gay’s time was still shy of Bolt’s record of 9.58 seconds, the AP reports that Gay was in control from start to finish, with Bolt looking visibly winded toward the end.
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Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who rounds out the top three fastest men in the world, did not participate because of a back injury. The trio has yet to compete together in one race — building plenty of anticipation for the primetime events at the 2012 Olympics in London.