Gay sets American record in Shanghai

09/21/2009 - 11:50

Gay_TysonR-Greece09rn-9-20-09.jpgfrom USATF - INDIANAPOLIS - Tyson Gay and Carmelita Jeter continued their sprint into history on Sunday at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in China.

Two-time world 100m medalist Tyson Gay, who has been hampered by a groin injury since before the World Championships, did not let that stop him today. He lowered his own American record in the men's 100 meters, clocking a blistering 9.69 seconds (+2.0mps).

His run was the second-best performance of all time, equaling Usain Bolt's then-world record from the 2008 Olympic Games. Gay had set the previous American record of 9.71 when he won the silver medal at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell (JAM) was second in 9.85 and two-time Olympian Darvis Patton was third in a personal best 9.89.

Two-time world bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter became the second-fastest woman in history over 100m, winning her race in an astounding 10.64. Only Florence Griffith-Joyner has run faster.

Just last week, Jeter had become the third-fastest woman in history with her 10.67 win at the World Athletics Final. Her new personal best is the fourth fastest on the all-time list headed by three runs in 1988 by USA's world record holder Florence Griffith- Joyner.

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