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Gay: Olympic 100m an open affair

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

PARIS, France, CMC:American Tyson Gay on Friday declared the 100 metres at the London Olympics an open affair after winning the event at the Paris Diamond League.

The former World champion was away from the blocks slowly but accelerated mid-race to overhaul compatriot Justin Gatlin in the final metres and cross the line first in 9.99 seconds.

"There are a lot of people now in the 100m, it is open for the Games," said Gay.

"(Usain) Bolt, (Yohan) Blake, (Justin) Gatlin, my training partner (Keston) Bledman. It will be spectacular."

His comments come on the heels of a double defeat for reigning Olympic champion Bolt, at the Jamaica Olympic trials last weekend in Kingston.

Blake won the event in a world-leading 9.75 seconds before returning to also win the 200 metres in another world-leading 19.80.