BOLD STATEMENT: Tyson Gay said that not only would the 100-meter dash at the world championships be the best race ever, heâ€™d â€œshockâ€ the world by upsetting Olympic champion. Usain Bolt.
Gay predicts 100m at worlds will be ‘best ever’
BERLIN — Tyson Gay is confident he will “shock the world” by upstaging triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt at next month’s world championships in what the American predicts will be the most exciting 100-meter race ever.
Triple world champion Gay, who has clocked the fastest times over 100 meters and 200 meters this season, is ready to face off with Bolt for the first time this year in Berlin.
With the Jamaican holding the world record over both distances, Gay promised the 100 would live up to expectation.
“It will be some of the best sprinting ever,” said the 26-year-old on Monday, adding Jamaicans Bolt and Asafa Powell and himself would battle it out for the top spot.
“You have three guys who want to win. It will be the most exciting race ever,” Gay told a small group of reporters in a conference call.
“I would call it ‘Tyson Gay shocks the world’,” he said when asked to pick a headline for his showdown with Bolt.
Gay said a nagging groin injury that has been troubling him would not affect his performance at the Aug. 15-23 world championships in the German capital.
“I feel good. I truly believe I can run a lot better and show the world I can do that,” he said.
“I do not really think it will affect my performances,” he said of the injury. “As long I can train before then I will be fine and I will not be affected at all.”
He said he was treating it with painkillers and massage but was not expecting to do anything more than that.
“I took some pain killers but I am going to ease off the pain killers because I am not a big fan of pain killers,” he said.
The American said he was in a similar situation before his double world title in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, when he was suffering from a knee injury.
“Then I had a knee injury, now a groin injury. Confidence is the same way. I feel I am the underdog [behind Bolt] and I still have the same confidence I can be victorious.”
Gay has run 9.77 seconds this year but said he could see himself running a lot faster.
“My main goal is to run faster than those times. The best is yet to come,” Gay said.
Quiet and reserved, Gay is the opposite of the extrovert Bolt.
But he acknowledged the Jamaican’s performances and his showmanship were doing track and field a world of good.
“I feel really good the way he is transcending the sport. He is making the sport less boring because he is so exciting. When you have someone who can dance, entertain and run fast, it is very good,” Gay said.