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Tyson Gay shines on dreary day in New York

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It was an unseasonably ugly day at the Adidas Grand Prix on New York’s Randall Island Saturday, with rain, wind, and cold temperatures slowing times all over the track. But American record holder Tyson Gay still somehow shined, winning the 100m and staying healthy, too.

Gay clocked 10.02-seconds into a headwind to dominate the competition, even though it was well off his 2013 world’s best of 9.86, which he ran down in Jamaica after replacing Bolt at the Kingston Invitational a few weeks ago.

“I’m happy with that,” Gay, the 2007 100m world champ said after the race. “I didn’t try to push myself too hard in these conditions.”

Portland native and London fifth place finisher Ryan Bailey ran 10.15 seconds, his best of the season, to take second in Saturday’s race, and Trinidad’s Keston Bledman rounded out the podium.

Gay, 31, the second fastest man in history after running 9.69 at the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, has dealt with plenty of setbacks since his world title sprint, including being knocked out of the Beijing 200m with a hamstring injury, and nagging groin and hip injury that kept him out of competition.

But after finishing fourth in London and finally securing an Olympic medal when he led the U.S. to silver in the 4x100m, Gay seems to be the healthiest he has in years, and might be ready to challenge Usain Bolt.

Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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