THINGS GAY, TYSON WINS

American sprinter Tyson Gay stormed to victory in the 100m at the Stockholm Super Grand Prix on Friday in a time of 9.79sec, two-hundreths of a second slower than his world-best this season.

American sprinter Tyson Gay stormed to victory in the 100m at the Stockholm Super Grand Prix on Friday in a time of 9.79sec, two-hundreths of a second slower than his world-best this season.

World champion Gay finished ahead of Darvis Patton (9.95sec), former world record holder Asafa Powell (9.98sec) and Churandy Martina (10.01sec).

Gay set the best time of the season, 9.77sec, in Rome on July 10 to further boost his hopes of upsetting Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt at the world championships in Berlin in two weeks' time.

"We knew that the wind was very strong (+2.6 m/s). But this race proved that I am in form and was important in terms of the world championship," said Gay.

Elsewhere, America's Allyson Felix ran the fastest 200m of the season, winning in a time of 21.88sec ahead of Debbie Ferguson.

"I was worried by the conditions," said Felix, referring to the cold, blustery night. "I wanted to work the bend and it went well."

Ferguson's time of 22.23sec, was slightly faster than her previous best for 2009. America's Jeremy Wariner cruised to victory in the 400m, winning in 44.83sec ahead of Britain's Michael Bingham and American compatriot Kerron Clement.

Despite two false starts, Cuban Olympic champion Dayron Robles easily won the 110m hurdles in 13.11sec.

The testing conditions in the Swedish capital played havoc with the pole vault where the winning height was only 5.61m achieved by Ukraine's Maksym Mazuryk and Sweden's Jesper Fritz.

Australia's Olympic champion Steven Hooker, who only succeeded at this height at his third attempt, was third.

In the high jump, America's Jesse Williams took victory despite sharing the winning clearance of 2.30m with Russia's Yaroslav Rybakov.

Sapa-AFP

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