Gay equals third fastest time ever

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Tyson Gay equalled the third fastest time ever run in the 200 metres, clinching victory in 19.68 seconds on the closing day of the World Athletics Final.

Gay equals third fastest time ever

Stuttgart:

Tyson Gay equalled the third fastest time ever run in the 200 metres in Stuttgart on Sunday, clinching victory in 19.68 seconds on the closing day of the World Athletics Final. He equalled the time achieved by Frankie Fredericks at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Only Michael Johnson (19.32) and Xavier Carter (19.63) have run faster. Gay finished 0.2 seconds ahead of compatriot Wallace Spearmon, who set a personal best. Usain Bolt of Jamaica came third in 20.10 seconds. Sanya Richards once again dominated the women's 400 metres. The American, who won a quarter of the $1 million Golden League jackpot, took her event in a time of 49.25 seconds - a championship record. Exceptionally slow Novlene Williams came second in 50.36 seconds with another Jamaican, Shericka Williams in third 0.08 seconds further behind. In the men's 5000 metres, Kenenisa Bekele also cruised to victory, but in an exceptionally slow time. The Ethiopian took to the front with one lap to go and was never troubled from then on, finishing in 13.48.62 seconds - 0.83 seconds ahead of Edwin Cheruiyot Soi of Kenya. Irving Saladino showed in the long jump how he remains the man to beat by taking Sunday's event. The Panama athlete won with a leap of 8.41 metres - 7 centimetres longer than that of Saudi Arabia's Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi in second place. Louis Tsatoumas of Greece was third with a jump of 8.29. Double win Tatyana Lebedeva became the only double-winner of the two-day event, adding the triple jump to her long jump title from Saturday. The Russian won with a jump of 14.82 metres - 25 centimetres further than the jump of Chrisopiyi Devetsi of Greece. Lebedeva's compatriot Yelena Isinbayeva won the pole vault by clearing 4.75 metres, but failed in her attempt to jump 4.85. Poland's Monika Pyrek was in second place with 4.65. There was some revenge for Meseret Defar in the women's 3000 metres. Beaten by fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba on Saturday in the 5000 metres by just 0.01 of a second, Defar was able to win the 3000 on Sunday in a time of 8:34.22 - 0.52 seconds faster than Dibaba. Javelin great Jan Zelezny was given a special farewell from the crowd in Stuttgart as the Czech Republic athlete bowed out of the sport. (AP)

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