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Gay clocks season's best time

india Updated: Aug 15, 2010 00:17 IST
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America's Tyson Gay followed up his Stockholm win over Usain Bolt by clocking the fastest 100m time this season in a blistering triumph at a rain-soaked London Diamond League meeting on Friday. Gay won in 9.78sec in miserable, damp conditions at Crystal Palace to easily see off Jamaica's Yohan Blake (9.89sec) and Trinidad's Richard Thompson(10.05sec).

"The last few weeks have been really great," said Gay, who sent Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt to a first defeat in two years in Stockholm last week.

Bolt refused on financial grounds to take part in London before then pulling out of the rest of the season with back pain. Former world record holder Asafa Powell pulled out of the meet earlier in the week, also because of a back injury.

Gay's time on Friday eclipsed the previous best this season of 9.82sec, set by both Bolt and Powell.

"I wasn't expecting to go that fast in these conditions but I knew I was in good shape and was going to go fast," Gay said.

"I think there's more to come. It's great to be on top of the world, that's important to me. I wasn't necessarily sending a message to Asafa and Usain, I was just running my own race."

Gay's time was superb considering the conditions and he also finished the race with a groin complaint.

"I was hobbling a bit at the end - my groin is a little sore but I'm sure it's OK," he said.

"This is not the best shape I've ever been in because I'm still dealing with a few little injuries. My coach said that I can run 9.7 in any conditions and I think I showed that tonight."

Heavy rain came down just before the meet began, leaving the track drenched and causing problems for the early competitors.

The other highlight on the night was Priscilla Lopes-Schliep producing the fastest time in the world this year to win the 100m hurdles.

The Canadian crossed the finish line in 12.52 seconds.