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Bolt rules out threat to record

Bolt qualifies for World Championships

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has dismissed Tyson Gay's claims that he can steal his world 100m record.

Jamaican Bolt holds the record with 9.69 seconds set at the 2008 Beijing Games but Gay says he may beat that after clocking 9.75 at the US trials.

"No disrespect to Tyson but that is going to be a hard task for him, he is more of a 200m runner," Bolt said.

Bolt ran the fastest non-assisted time of the year with 9.86 to beat Asafa Powell and capture the Jamaican title.

Powell was quicker out of the blocks in Kingston but Bolt overtook him midway through the race and was able to ease to victory.

"It was good. I am just happy that I finished injury-free and I am feeling good," he said.


Asked about Powell's progress, Bolt added: "I would say Asafa is coming into shape and that is a good thing, his ankle is getting better. It is going to be a good season, as soon as he gets into shape its going to be very interesting."

Into a 0.2 negative wind, Powell, who said he was still experiencing discomfort with an ankle injury, clocked 9.97 to finish second.

"It was a fairly good race because I am basically running on one leg, so I'm fairly happy," he said. "The aim was just to finish in the top two.

"The ankle has really surprised me - I thought it would be gone by now but (the problem is) still there."

Gay failed to qualify for the final in Beijing last year after injury hampered his preparations but has the chance to test Bolt in the world championships in Berlin in August.

He was in confident mood after a speedy, albeit wind-assisted 9.75 seconds in his first 100m of the season at the US world championship trials in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday.

But Bolt played down suggestions that his world record was in danger and said: "He had a lot of (wind) assistance for that time. It is going to be very hard for him."

see also
Gay ready to challenge Bolt mark
26 Jun 09 |  Athletics
What makes Usain Bolt tick?
14 May 09 |  Athletics
Bolt storms to victory in Ostrava
17 Jun 09 |  Athletics
Bolt runs off with Laureus award
10 Jun 09 |  Sport Homepage
Bolt rules out 2012 hat-trick bid
03 Jun 09 |  Athletics
Bolt surges to gold in new record
16 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Stylish Bolt tops 100m qualifiers
15 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Injury eased Olympic nerves - Gay
08 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Bolt and Gay excel during trials
30 Jun 08 |  Athletics

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