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Usain Bolt can be beaten insists sprint rival Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay
Gay has Bolt in his sights this season

Tyson Gay has set his sights on beating sprint rival Usain Bolt and taking his 100m world record this summer.

Jamaica's Bolt smashed the 100m mark with a time of 9.58 seconds at last year's World Championships in Berlin.

Gay, who came second that day in 9.71 secs, said: "I think I can beat him. I've never viewed anyone as unbeatable.

"If anyone has beaten me, I've always worked hard to try to beat them," the American told Spikes magazine. "That's why I can beat Bolt.

He added: "I don't know if it will be this year or the next but I want to own that world record one day,

"I've been so close to it. A lot of people think it is out of reach but I'm striving to get there.

"I was very satisfied with my 2009. The way I ran that 100m in Berlin gives me a lot heart and strength. I think I have a lot more to look forward to.


Gay, 27, also suggested that Bolt is not as untouchable as many believe.

"Nobody is perfect everyone has some weaknesses," he added. "I just think his are hard to point out because he is running fast.

"A lot of coaches are not studying his weaknesses because he is so far ahead of the field, but I think some technical gurus can find a couple of chinks in his armour."

Gay will run in July's Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead's International Stadium.

He has won 100m and 200m gold on separate visits to the venue and is looking forward to a Tyneside visit as part of the IAAF Diamond League events.

"I'm hoping to make it three in a row," Gay said of his return.

Gay continued: "With no major worldwide championship this year, the Diamond League will be the biggest thing in track and field.

"I always enjoy competing in Britain, and I'm happy to see they have two Diamond League events."

As well as the Gateshead meeting in July, Gay will also appear at the London Grand Prix, held at Crystal Palace in August.