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Tyson Gay Beating Usain Bolt: Fluke or Challenge?

Last week in Stockholm, Tyson Gay exploded out of the blocks and then held off Usain Bolt to win the 100m in their first race since the Olympics. Gay ran a 9.84 while Bolt only barely broke 10 seconds, running a 9.97. But Bolt probably didn’t have his mind or feet terribly interested in this meet. He got a reported $250,000 just to run and Stockholm is a pretty minor meet. Secondly, Bolt has been bothering health problems: he is recovering from an achilles injury and can’t run more than 200 meters.

Lastly, it must be pointed out that Tyson Gay was undoubtedly more motivated to win that race, owing to his disastrous Olympics, and Bolt’s achilles must have been bothered by the racers having to stand up from the blocks twice before the race even started.

When at peak form, Tyson Gay has a chance, but only if Bolt is off his game like he was in Stockholm.

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