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Gay to consider moving up to 400m

Diamond League, Brussels
Dates: 27 August Coverage: 1900 BST on BBC Three and BBC Sport website (UK only)

Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt

Gay eclipses Bolt in 100m showdown

Tyson Gay says he is considering competing for the United States 4x400m relay team at the 2012 Olympics.

Sprinter Gay, 28, who won both the 100m and 200m titles at the World Championships in 2007, revealed he has run sub-45 seconds in 2010.

"I want to make the 4x400m team and be part of a team with Jeremy Wariner and the others," said Gay, who is the fastest over 100m this season.

"I did run 44.89sec this year, but I can run faster in my next 400m races."

He added: "Of course the 400m is a tough event, it makes you feel dizzy in the head and miserable in the stomach, but I want to try it. I'm a tough guy as well."

Gay will be hoping to improve on his leading world time of 9.78 seconds in the 100m in Brussels on Friday - the second of two Diamond League meeting finals.

The American is hot favourite to win the race with double Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt missing, along with another rival Asafa Powell.

Bolt had remained unbeaten following his double triumph in Beijing up until the meeting in Stockholm earlier in August, when Gay swept to victory.

"The past two years journalists kept on asking me whether it was possible to beat Bolt in the 100m. Since Stockholm nobody ever asked me that question again," joked Gay.


"I had two minor setbacks this year and I feel that there is still more to come. I am not entirely satisfied with what I've performed so far.

"It's true, I am the fastest man in the world this year but mentally and physically I feel capable to improve my personal best (9.69) if conditions are fine.

"That is what I'm aiming for on Friday. Don't forget that Stockholm was only my second 100m of this season."

see also
Gay edges out Powell in Gateshead
10 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Gay sets Crystal Palace ablaze in 100m
13 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Gay delighted by 100m win
06 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Gay sprints to second Worlds gold
30 Aug 07 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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