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Gay pulls out of London showdown with Powell
July 24, 2008 / 12:09 AM / 9 years ago

Gay pulls out of London showdown with Powell

LONDON (Reuters) - World 100 metres champion Tyson Gay has pulled out of his clash with Jamaican Asafa Powell at the London Grand Prix on Friday to avoid aggravating a hamstring injury, the American said on Wednesday.

Tyson Gay holds the U.S. flag after winning the men's 100 meters final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon June 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“I hoped to run in London but with the first round of the Olympic 100 metres just three weeks away, I don’t want to risk anything to set things back,” Gay was quoted as saying on the IAAF website (www.iaaf.org). “I apologise to the fans.”

Gay suffered a hamstring strain at the U.S. Olympic Trials where his hopes of a sprint double in Beijing ended in agony when he suffered severe cramp during the 200m quarter-finals.

He will compete in the 100 metres and 4x100 relay at next month’s Games.

Gay won the 100 metres at the U.S. trials in the fastest time ever run, a wind-assisted 9.68 seconds.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Ed Osmond

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