| SHANGHAI, Sept 19
SHANGHAI, Sept 19 Sprinter Tyson Gay said on
Saturday that he will challenge Jamaican rival Usain Bolt's 100
metres world record when he recovers from a groin injury.
"As long as I'm healthy and focused ... I think I'm going
to look at it," the American told a news conference on Saturday
ahead of the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix.
With triple Olympic and world champion Bolt missing through
fatigue, former world champion Gay faces Bolt's compatriot
Asafa Powell in Shanghai.
Despite a groin injury, Gay clocked the third-fastest time
ever of 9.71 seconds at last month's world championships in
Berlin behind Bolt's stunning world record of 9.58.
Gay insisted next year would be different.
"I will be fully healthy," he said. "Asafa will be fully
healthy ... so we'll be able to put on better times and better
Former world record holder Powell, the bronze medallist in
Berlin, was less optimistic about breaking Bolt's record but
also expected a better 2010 season.
"We can't break the world record but we can definitely try
to get to as close as possible," said Powell. "There's still
going to be wins and losses so just more wins than losses."
(Editing by Alastair Himmer)
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