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Double world champion Tyson Gay will take a break from the 200

Double world champion Tyson Gay will take a break from the 200

Don't look for Tyson Gay to be running the 200 again very soon.
"It's just so long, you know," Gay said Friday, a day after winning the 200 to complete his sprint double at the world championships.
Gay is uncertain about his schedule for the rest of the season, but it's likely to be focused on the 100.
"I'm going to get a lot of rest first," Gay said. "I'm not for sure where I'm going to take a vacation, but I want to go somewhere nice on the beach and have a nice vacation for about a week or so."
"I'm going to try to get some energy back, get refocused because I still have some things I want to work on and I still want to finish up the year with some great times so I can go in next year with a positive mind."
Gay said he may relocate his training base, possibly to Orlando, Florida. This is where his coach Lance Brauman, who was released from a federal prison earlier this week, is reported to be serving his time in a halfway house.
Brauman was sentenced to a year in prison on embezzlement and other offenses relating to his handling of scholarship money at Barton Community College in Kansas. Brauman also coaches Wallace Spearmon _ the bronze medalist in the 200 behind Gay _ and women's 100-meter world champion Veronica Campbell.
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ROLE MODEL: In a sport with may fallen stars like Tim Montgomery and Justin Gatlin, track and field needs a hero. Lamine Diack, the president of the IAAF _ the governing body of the sports _ hopes it will be Tyson Gay.
"He is a great champion," Diack said Friday. "He is also going to be a role model for our sport. And we hope he will have a very long career. We are always talking about needing heroes in our sport. Well, I believe that Tyson can be one of those favorite heroes. And I wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season and for next year where he can be one of the stars of the Beijing Olympics."
Already the star of these championships, Gay is being lumped with some of the legends of the sport.
"I'm honored for you all to think that I'm in the same category as some of the great ones," he said.
In addition to the two victories, Gay said his biggest thrill was breaking Michael Johnson's championship record in the 200. Gay ran 19.76, topping Johnson's mark of 19.79 set 12 years ago in Goteborg, Sweden. Johnson still holds the world record of 19.32.
"That really meant a lot to me," Gay said.
"I'm really thankful for everyone looking at me as one of the next great sprinters."
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WALK THIS WAY: Russia's Olga Kaniskina won the women's 20-kilometer walk, even after taking a wrong turn at the start of Friday's race.
When the race walkers had just started, the leaders seemed to be directed to leave the stadium two laps earlier at the start.
Asked if she was confused by the incident, Kaniskina said: "I saw a man waving the white flag. I went to leave the stadium, but another walker called me back. I didn't know very clearly whether I could leave the stadium at that point."
Kaniskina regained her direction quickly to lead a Russian 1-2 finish in the women's 20K walk with Tatyana Shemyakina taking silver and Spain's Maria Vasco earning bronze.
Winning the world title at the age of 22 makes Kaniskina one of the favorites for next year's Olympic Games, but Kaniskina knows there's plenty of work ahead of that race, and another important outing before Beijing.
"Next year will be very important as Russia will host the Walking Race World Cup in Cheboksary," Kaniskina said, adding, "Winning the Olympic title in Beijing will be harder than today."


Updated : 2021-06-15 21:15 GMT+08:00