Gay powers past Bromell for 100m title

Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:24am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Tyson Gay ran down teen-ager Trayvon Bromell to win the men's 100 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Friday.

The victory, in 9.87 seconds, put the 32-year-old Gay in the world championships for the first time since 2009.

Bromell, just 19, clearly had the jump on Gay but could not retain the advantage as the 2007 world champion powered to the lead to win by almost a tenth of a second.

"That kid -- he's tough," Gay said of Bromell. "He got out good, it was just one of those 10 years of experience, dig-down moments I had to get him. It felt good though.

"This win right here may be (my) most important win. I feel like it was the toughest."

Bromell clocked 9.96 to become the first teen-ager to the make a U.S. world championship team in the 100m.

Mike Rodgers claimed third in 9.97 seconds as he also won a ticket to Beijing.

Justin Gatlin, the year's fastest, has a bye in the 100m for Beijing and will compete only in the 200m in the trials beginning on Saturday.   Continued...

Jamaica's Asafa Powell (C) competes in the men's 100m during the national trials at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica June 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy  -