NEW YORK -- A little gust of wind cost Tyson Gay a world
record in the men's 100 at the Reebok Grand Prix on Saturday night.
Gay finished in 9.76 seconds to win the event, but the wind was
at 2.2 mph, slightly more than the allowable margin of 2.0.
"I had a bad feeling," Gay said. "In the blocks I was pretty
sure the wind was high. It had calmed down a bit, but not enough."
Gay bolted from the start and powered past the field with the
wind at his back. Just two weeks earlier, he ran a 9.79 at the
Adidas Track Classic -- which would have tied the American Record,
but that wind was at 2.5.
"I don't run to chase world records," Gay said. "I'm not
frustrated at all, I'm just happy to win the race."
Earlier in the evening, Veronica Campbell of Jamaica edged out
Torri Edwards to take the women's 100 in 10.93.
Soon after Gay's sprint, Alan Webb surprised the field taking
the men's 1,500. Webb blew past Bernard Lagat in the final 100
meters to take the victory in 3:52.94.
"With 100 to go, I gave it everything I had and the rest is
history," Webb said.
Pole vaulter Jenn Stuczynski, fresh off ending Stacy Dragila's
11-year reign as the American record-holder in the women's pole
vault, became the third woman to clear 16 feet.
"It's exciting," Stuczynski said. "I wanted to be the first
American to clear 16 feet. With the conditions it was highly
unlikely with the winds, but I just kept fighting through it."
She had cleared 15 feet, 10½ inches at the Adidas Track Classic
two weeks ago, taking down Dragila's three-year-old mark of 15-10.
Having already clinched the victory Saturday, Stuczynski put the
bar at 16-0. She missed her first two attempts before narrowly
getting over the bar on her last try.
"My first two jumps were close and I knew I could jump it,"
The 25-year-old then put the bar at 16-6, trying to break the
world record of 16-5.25 held by Yelena Isinbayeva, but fell short.
Svetlana Feofanova is the only other woman to clear 16-0.
Dragila was supposed to compete, but withdrew because her left
Achilles' tendon was bothering her. She is still recovering from
Achilles' tendon surgery a year ago.
World record holder Liu Xiang of China won the 110 hurdles,
edging Terrence Trammell with a time of 12.92. After two false
starts, Liu got out slowly from the blocks and trailed Trammell
until the ninth hurdle when he took over.
"I just got to New York and was still a bit jet-lagged," Liu
said through a translator. "The first half of the race wasn't very
good, but the second half I caught up and am very excited."
Trammell finished second in 12.95.
In front of a raucous pro-Jamaican crowd, Campbell came out slow
from the blocks after first false start, but powered past Edwards
with 15 meters to go.
"I stayed positive and waited till the last 15 meters,"
Campbell said. "I knew I would get there. As far as the worlds I
feel good and pray I can stay healthy."
The world championships are at the end of August in Osaka,
The 25-year-old Campbell, who won the gold medal in the 200 and
bronze in the 100 at the 2004 Olympic Games, missed most of last
season with a quadriceps injury.
"I'm not setting any time goals," Campbell said. "I just am
going to run one race at a time."
Edwards wasn't disappointed with her second place finish.
"I'm happy I'm in the 10s consistently now," said Edwards, who
finished in 10.96. "I tied up at the end of the race and got out
She'll run both the 100 and 200 at the nationals at the end of
Wallace Spearmon beat Jamaican Usain Bolt in the men's 200,
finishing in 19.82. The two were neck and neck for the final 75
meters before Spearmon edged him at the finish. It's the second
fastest time in the world this year.
Rachelle Smith won the women's 200 in 22.31. High school phenom
Bianca Knight from Mississippi pulled out before the race when she
didn't feel well warming up. Knight is the national high school
record holder in the event, running a 22.97 indoors, breaking the
mark held by current world champion Allyson Felix.
Felix won the women's 400 in 50.53. She came in third earlier in
the women's 100 running 11.01.
In other running events: Hazel Clark won the women's 800 in
1:59.07, the fastest time for an American this year; Khadevis
Robinson won the 800 for the second straight year in 1:46.38;
Canadian Malindi Elmore won the women's 1,500 in 4:07.01; Canadian
Tyler Christopher won the men's 400 in 44.93; James Carter took the
400 hurdles in 48.37; Virginia Powell won the 100 hurdles in 12.45;
and Ethiopian Tariku Bekele won the 5,000 in 13:04.05 -- fastest
time in the world this year.
Fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba fell short in her attempt to
break the women's 5,000 record -- last year at the meet --
finishing in 14:35.67.
Jarred Rome won the men's discus with a toss of 219 feet, 3
inches. The U.S. hasn't had a world-leading discus thrower since
Mac Wilkins' win at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, but Rome's hoping
to end that long drought.
Becky Breisch took the women's discus with a toss of 203-3.
Giovanni Lanaro of Mexico won the men's pole vault, clearing