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Aug 27, 2007 at 12:56pm IST

Gay tames Powell in World Athletics meet

New Delhi: The World Athletics Championships in Osaka saw American Tyson Gay getting the better of Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell to win the gold in the 100m event on Sunday.

Gay caught up with the world record holder at the mid-point of the race and then raced ahead to clock a time of 9.85 seconds.

Derrick Atkins of Bahamas came through to take silver. Powell ran in third in 9.96 seconds to take the bronze.

Neither Gay nor Powell had previously won a world title.

Powell had missed the 2005 Championships in Helsinki because of injury and Gay had finished fourth in the 200 metres.

"I just had to stay relaxed. Right to the finish line you could see my average was huge. I knew I had a chance when I was about 70 metres and I was just running my hardest to the finish line," Gay told after his thrilling win.

"Asafa Powell is still the best. He got a medal. I got a gold, it's unfortunate that he lost, but there could only be one winner. But he still is the world record holder. I'm looking forward to racing him many times," said Gay on his rivalry with Powell.

"I think I have proved I can run the big meets. I feel confident. It's stepping stone to Beijing. My mother told me that my steps are already in order and I just came here to do my best," Gay added.