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Gay, Asafa face-off

American Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell of Jamaica are set to square off against each other again in the 100 meters at the DN Gala athletics meet on Friday. In their last head-to-head meeting in Rome this month, Gay posted the fastest time of the year in 9.77 seconds.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2009 22:55 IST

American Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell of Jamaica are set to square off against each other again in the 100 meters at the DN Gala athletics meet on Friday. In their last head-to-head meeting in Rome this month, Gay posted the fastest time of the year in 9.77 seconds. Powell was second in 9.88. Gay won gold medals in the 100, 200 and the 4x100-meter relay with the American team at the 2007 worlds, but he did not compete in Stockholm last year after a series of injuries. Gay won the 200-meter race at the London Grand Prix in 20.00 seconds this past weekend, but then needed pain killers to numb an aching groin. “This is my last race before the world championships, so it's very important," said Gay.

Powell is attempting to become only the second man in history to post more than 50 sub-10 second results in 100m. Maurice Greene of the United States tops the all-time list with 53. A former world record-holder, Powell won last year's race in Stockholm in 9.88, edging eventual Olympic champion and fellow Jamaican Bolt by a hundredth of a second.