ZURICH (Sporting Alert) — American Tyson Gay became the latest big name sprinter to fall victim to the false start rule after he was thrown from the men’s 100 metres at the Zurich Diamond League meeting for jumping the gun.
Gay, the equal second fastest man in history, along with Jamaican Yohan Blake, at 9.69 seconds, reacted before the sound of the gun and he was kicked out of the race.
At the 2011 World Championships, Jamaican World Record holder Usain Bolt false-started in the final of the men’s 100m and couldn’t defend his crown.
Meanwhile, in Zurich, Blake, getting the better of some wet and chilly conditions to win the event in a meeting record of 9.76 (+1.4 m/s) seconds.
Another Jamaican, Asafa Powell had held the previous mark, at 9.77, set in 2006.
“If Tyson Gay was in the race it would have been a more competitive race,” Blake said.
Finishing second to Blake here was Olympic relay gold medallist Nesta Carter of Jamaica and he equalled his seasonal best with a 9.95secs run.
Ryan Bailey of USA was third in 9.97, with Kim Collins taking fourth in 10.01.
The women’s race went to Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser, who turned the tables on her American rival Carmelita Jeter when winning in 10.83.
Jeter was second in 10.97, while Allyson Felix was third in 11.02.
Usain Bolt won the men’s 200m in a new meeting record of 19.66 seconds in the easiest of fashion.
World record holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya (1:42.53) was beaten by Ethiopian Mohammed Aman (1:42.53) in the men’s 800m.