OSAKA, Japan - World 100m champion Tyson Gay (Fayetteville, Ark.) broke yet another meet record held by Michael Johnson in an evening that also saw Team USA pick up two bronze medals Thursday at the IAAF World Outdoor Track& Field Championships at Nagai Stadium.
At the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June, Gay set a pair of meet records in the 100 (9.84) and 200 (19.62), the latter previously held by world record holder Michael Johnson. Running into a .8 meters-per-second headwind Thursday night, Gay took down Johnson's meet record at the World Championships, coming from behind to win his second gold medal of the meet.
Running in lane 4, Gay trailed Usain Bolt of Jamaica in lane 5 during the early stages of the race. But Gay used a powerful stretch run to pull away from Bolt, the world junior record holder, running 19.76 to Bolt's 19.91, breaking Michael Johnson's championship record of 19.79 set in 1995. Wallace Spearmon and Rodney Martin (Los Angeles, Calif.) had strong stretch runs of their own, moving up to place third and fourth, respectively, in 20.05 and 20.06.