Jamaica’s Steve Mullings edged American Tyson Gay in a photo-finish in the men’s 100 meters at the New York Diamond League meeting on Saturday.
Both were timed in 10.26sec, but the review gave the victory to Mullings over the experienced American.
“Sure, I thought he might have caught me — another step and he would have,” Mullings said. “I know he’s got that strong finish.”
The duel between Mullings and Gay, who train together, came a week after Gay posted the fastest 100m of the season with a 9.79sec at a low-key meeting in Florida.
That was the same day that Mullings clocked 9.80 to win the 100m at the Diamond League meeting on the opposite US coast at Eugene, Oregon.
But the New York meeting produced plenty of nail-biting finishes, and the men’s 100m, run in a headwind of -3.4m/sec, was a prime example.
Tensions rose from the start of the men’s 100m as three runners were disqualified by false starts — first Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, followed by Americans Travis Paddgett and Rae Edwards.