Posted at 1:21 a.m., Sunday, September 30, 2007
Track: Gay wins 100m again in Japan; Powell injured
By Jim Armstrong
Gay, who won three gold medals at the world championships in Osaka in August, returned to Japan today, winning the men's 100 meters in 10.23 seconds at the Super Track and Field Meet in Yokohama.
Running in a steady rain, the United States' Gay coasted to victory ahead of Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles, who had a time of 10.48. Japan's Naoki Tsukahara was third in 10.51.
Gay won gold in the 100, 200 and 400 relay in Osaka.
"Given the success I've had here I wanted to win this race," Gay said. "It went well. There was a bit of a negative wind. It was hard to warm up but it was nice to win here."
He finished second to compatriot Wallace Spearmon at the Golden Grand Prix in Shanghai on Friday.
"I'm a bit fatigued from a long season," Gay said. "My body condition is a lot better from yesterday. Knowing the fans were out there cheering really got my motivation going."
It was a different story for Jamaica's Powell, who injured his left hamstring during the men's 200 meters.
Powell, who holds the world record of 9.74 in the 100, pulled up coming off the turn.
"It's a strain of some sort," Powell's manager Paul Doyle said. "He felt a pain in his upper hamstring and then it moved to the middle of the hamstring, which would indicate there is some sore of muscle tear."
Powell finished third in the 100 in Osaka.
J.J. Johnson of the United States won the men's 200 in 20.64. Canadian Tyler Christopher was second in 20.82.
In the men's high jump, Sweden's Linus Thornblad won with a jump of 7 feet, 3 inches. World champion Donald Thomas finished fourth with a jump of 7-0 1/2.
American Dexter Faulk won the men's 110 hurdles, clocking 13.57 seconds, and teammate Bershawn Jackson took the men's 400 hurdles in 49.80.
Sanya Richards of the United States won the women's 400 meters with a time of 50.27, ahead of Christine Amertil of Bahamas who finished in 52.32.