Former Lafayette Star, State Track Champ Closing in on American Record

CARSON, Calif -- Tyson Gay, ranked second in the world, won the men's 100 in a wind-aided 9.79 at the Adidas Track Classic. The wind was rated at 2.5, over the allowable limit or else he would have tied Maurice Greene's American record.

"When I was in the blocks, I could feel a light breeze, but I'm
still satisfied with that outcome," Gay said. "It lets me know
I'm in pretty good shape."

Derrick Atkins was the only other man under 10 seconds,
finishing second in 9.86.

Greene failed to advance out of the 100 heats in his first such
race in a year, finishing last in 10.84.

"I don't like to see Maurice hurt," Gay said. "I'm expecting
him to do big things at USAs."

Greene, the 32-year-old former world record holder, missed most
of last season because of a hairline fracture in his foot.

"I need to get stronger in my legs. I have no power right
now," said Greene, who trained just two weeks for the race. "I
just wanted to get through this race and not hurt.

Next up for Greene will be U.S. nationals in June. "I will
win," he predicted.