Gay Qualifies Fastest for 100 Final in London

Published August 13, 2010

LONDON (AP) — American sprinter Tyson Gay qualified fastest for the 100-meter final at the Diamond League meet, finishing in 10.02 seconds Friday to edge heat two winner Walter Dix by 0.06 seconds.

Gay did not make the best of starts in the first heat at Crystal Palace, but eased through the field after the 50-meter mark to finish 0.05 ahead of Yohan Blake of Jamaica. J-Mee Samuels of the United States was the third automatic qualifier in 10.21.

Gay, a former 100 world champion, beat world-record holder Usain Bolt in Stockholm last Friday. Bolt and Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell, who have both run a season-leading 9.82, are injured and aren't competing in London.

Bolt had already planned to skip the event when he announced earlier this week that he was ending his season early due to a back problem. Powell was scheduled to be Gay's main opposition but pulled out Thursday, also due to an ongoing back complaint.

Dix won the second heat in 10.08, ahead of Trinidad & Tobago's Richard Thompson and U.S. teammate Mike Rodgers.

American sprinters Trell Kimmons and Wallace Spearmon qualified for the final as the two fastest losers.

In the women's 100 hurdles, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada ran the fastest time in the world this year to win in 12.52.

She blew away a strong field to finish well clear of Australia's Sally Pearson, who had been quickest out of the blocks before timing 12.61. Lolo Jones of the United States was third in 12.66.

Allyson Felix maintained her superb form this season with an easy victory in the 200. The American finished in 22.37 to claim a fifth Diamond League win this year. Three have come in the 200, and she has only lost once in any event all season.

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was second in 22.88 and Sherone Simpson was next in 23.04.

Earlier, Bernard Lagat won the 3,000 after breaking clear in the home straightaway ahead of two-time European champion Mo Farah of Britain.

Lagat, a Kenyan-born American, overcame a wet track to win in 7 minutes, 40.36 seconds. Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 at the European Championships, was second in 7:40.75 and was the crowd's big favorite.

"I knew he was running strongly and I'm glad I was able to run with him really well," Lagat said.

Mark Kiptoo of Kenya was third on a day when heavy rain stopped just before the race but conditions made fast times unlikely.

Bershawn Jackson of the United States won a tight 400 hurdles in 48.12. He finished just ahead of Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, who was narrowly in front after the final hurdle and was timed in 48.17.

In other results, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia claimed her sixth successive Diamond League victory in the women's high jump, leaping 2.01 meters to beat Ruth Beitia of Spain by 10 centimeters.

Lukasz Michalski of Poland won the men's pole vault after the four favorites all failed to make a successful attempt.

Renaud Lavillenie of France has won four Diamond League events this year but couldn't clear 5.51 after three attempts. Steven Hooker of Australia, Ukraine's Maksym Mazuryk and Italy's Guiseppe Giblisco also failed to land a vault.

Cuba's Yarelis Barrios won the women's discus with a throw of 65.62 meters, and Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus threw 20.27 to finish a comfortable winner in the women's shot put.

Written by STEVE DOUGLAS,Associated Press Writer

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