Tyson Gay wins 200m title – Is he ready to take down Usain Bolt?

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For years we’ve wondered what Tyson Gay could do if he got healthy; if he could stay on the track. Well, now we know. After taking the 100m title in a 2013 world’s best 9.75 seconds Friday night, Gay finished off the double on Sunday with a world’s best 19.74 in the 200m to take that title, too.

“It feels good to do that,” Gay admitted to reporters Sunday. “I am just happy to be healthy.”

Isaiah Young out of Ole Miss took second in 19.86 and Gay’s training partner Curtis Mitchell earned the third spot in Moscow running 19.99.

Despite winning three gold at the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Gay has struggled in the six years since, dealing with everything from hamstring injuries that sidelined him at the Beijing Games to nagging groin and hip injuries that have kept him from being 100 percent since 2009. He didn’t earn his first Olympic medal until he helped the U.S. take silver in the 4x100m relay at the London Games last summer, when they lost to Jamaica.

But Gay’s recent races and his need to prove himself on a world stage again have him ready to face off against world record holder Usain Bolt in arguably his best event. Bolt ran an easy 19.79 in Oslo two weeks back, but has seven weeks to see how close he can get to his 19.19 from 2009.

The two will also square off in the 100m, where Bolt has struggled this season. His best of the year is so far the 9.94 he ran in Kingston this weekend, nearly two-tenths slower than Gay’s performance in Iowa.

U.S., Great Britain to hold track and field dual meet

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The U.S. and Great Britain go head-to-head in a track and field meet on July 21 at the London Olympic Stadium.

“The Meet” will include nine running, jumping, hurdles and relay events and last two hours. Specific events and athletes will be announced early next year.

The U.S. topped the overall medal standings at every Olympics and world outdoor championships since 2004.

Great Britain is one of three countries to earn at least five medals at every Olympics and worlds since 2007, joining the U.S. and Kenya.

British athletes made six podiums at the just-completed worlds at the London Olympic Stadium, including in all four relays. The other two medals came from Mo Farah, who is moving to road racing and marathons after this season.

“The Meet” is similar to swimming’s “Duel in the Pool,” a biennial head-to-head competition between the U.S. and rival Australia from 2003 through 2007 and between the U.S. and Europe between 2009 and 2015.

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Maria Sharapova gets U.S. Open wild card

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NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1 ½ years.

Sharapova is among eight women given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association — and by far the most noteworthy.

The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, has not entered a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.

That led to a 15-month doping ban, which expired in April. She returned to the tour, but her ranking — currently 148th — was too low to allow entry into major tournaments, and the French Open denied her a wild card. Sharapova planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon, but the 30-year-old Russian wound up skipping the grass-court portion of the season because of an injured left thigh.

Sharapova has been participating in tournaments via wild-card invitations, beginning in April on red clay at Stuttgart, Germany. She’s only played nine matches this season.

Sharapova was 19 when she won her U.S. Open trophy. Two years before, at 17, Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. She has since completed a career Grand Slam and become one of the most recognizable — and marketable — athletes in the world.

The U.S. Open starts in Flushing Meadows on Aug. 28.

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