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Athletics: Tyson Gay safely through to 200m semi-finals

Published on Jun 23, 2013 6:17 AM
(L-R) Second place Justin Gatlin, first place Tyson Gay and third place Charles Silmon pose together on the podium after completing the Men's 100 Meter Dash final on day two of the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 21, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DES MOINES, IOWA (AFP) - Tyson Gay cruised into the semi-finals of the 200m at the US athletics championships on Saturday, a day after securing his 100m World Championships berth with a world-leading 9.75sec.

Gay, whose career has been hindered by injuries since he won three gold medals at the 2007 worlds in Osaka, had said on Friday night he would decide after warming up for the 200m if he would press ahead with his pursuit of a possible sprint double at the World Championships in Moscow August 10-18.

Justin Gatlin, who finished second to Gay in the 100m final in 9.89 despite nursing a right hamstring strain, opted not to push his luck and didn't start the 200m.

Gatlin, who has served a doping ban since winning Olympic 100m gold in 2004 and edged Gay for bronze at the London Games last year, said of his decision: "9.8 on a leg and a half is good enough for me." Gay said he expected to run the 200m semi-finals and final on Sunday, provided he recovered well.

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