Bolt throws down gauntlet

LONDON - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt plans to send a message to arch-rival Tyson Gay by breaking the world 100m record in the London Grand Prix tomorrow.

LONDON - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt plans to send a message to arch-rival Tyson Gay by breaking the world 100m record in the London Grand Prix tomorrow.

Bolt, who won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in record times at the Beijing Olympics last year, is determined to use the Crystal Palace event to crush the morale of his main rival for gold at next month's World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

The 22-year-old is slowly returning to peak form after posting 19,59sec for the 200m in Lausanne earlier this month and clocking a time of 9,79sec over 100m in cold, rainy conditions in Paris on Friday.

Despite Bolt's impressive times, Gay still believes he has the beating of the Jamaican. Bolt said yesterday that there is no one who scares him and he will prove the point in south London.

"I'm not running scared. I'm not scared of anyone - I've never backed down from any challenge," he said. "Rivalry is always good in both ways. It excites me to know there's someone out there who can beat me and it's good for the sport and the fans. It gives people something to talk about.

"Everyone knows that Asafa (Powell) and Tyson Gay are my main rivals but I take everyone seriously."

Although Bolt believes he is running at 85percent while he recovers from a recent car crash, he sees no reason why he can't shatter his world record 100m time of 9,69 seconds.

He won't get the chance to take on Gay in the 100m in London as the American is running only in the 200m, which Bolt is not competing in, so he will have to settle for underlining his own ability. - Sapa-AFP

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