Gay, Bolt Not Running New York This Weekend

Highly anticipated sprint showdown will have to wait.

The much ballyhooed 100-meter battle between sprint Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay this weekend at the IAAF Diamond League meet in New York is going to have to wait, as it has been announced that both athletes have withdrawn from the event.

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“It looks very unlikely he will compete,” Gay’s agent, Mark Wetmore, told Reuters. “There’s a readiness (needed) to run the 100 metres, and he does not have that.”

Bolt, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in both the 100 and 200 meters, pulled out of the New York meeting last week due to injury. Gay, who ran a world record 19.41 seconds for the rarely-contested straight 200 meter dash at an exhibition last month in England, is expected to compete at the next Diamond League meeting July 3 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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