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Gay outclasses Stockholm field

AMERICAN world champion Tyson Gay produced a storming run to win the men's 100 meters in 9.79 seconds at the Stockholm Super Grand Prix on Friday.

Gay, who has been struggling with a groin injury, had an excellent start and finished a remarkable 0.16 ahead of his compatriot Davis Patton.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica had to settle for third place in 9.98.

Gay's time, run with a tailwind, was just 0.02 outside the world leading 9.77 he set in Rome earlier this month.

"It was a good race. We knew the wind was strong, this is evidence of how hot I am and it's important for Berlin," the 26-year-old told reporters.

"The race felt good, and my finish was good. It was good considering I haven't really trained recently," said Gay in reference to the groin injury but added he had not felt any pain during the race, which was his last before next month's world championships in Berlin.

The double world champion's clashes over 100 and 200 with Jamaican triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt are expected to be the highlight of the August 15-23 meeting.

"I haven't raced against him (Bolt) since New York last year, so I'm looking forward to it," Gay said.

American world champion Jeremy Wariner crushed all opposition in the men's 400.

In the absence of Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, Wariner clocked 44.83 for his fifth consecutive win at the meeting in the Swedish capital.

Wariner slowed down as he approached the finish line, but still beat Michael Bingham of Britain by 0.66 seconds. American Kerron Clemont was third.


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