BERLIN -- Tyson Gay is confident
he will "shock the world" by upstaging triple Olympic gold
medalist Usain Bolt at next month's world championships in what
the American predicts will be the most exciting 100-meter race ever.
Triple world champion Gay, who has clocked the fastest times
over 100 meters and 200 meters this season, is ready to face off with Bolt
for the first time this year in Berlin.
With the Jamaican holding the world record over both
distances, Gay promised the 100 would live up to
"It will be some of the best sprinting ever," said the
26-year-old on Monday, adding Jamaicans Bolt and Asafa Powell
and himself would battle it out for the top spot.
"You have three guys who want to win. It will be the most
exciting race ever," Gay told a small group of reporters in a
"I would call it 'Tyson Gay shocks the world'," he said when
asked to pick a headline for his showdown with Bolt.
Gay said a nagging groin injury that has been troubling him
would not affect his performance at the Aug. 15-23 world
championships in the German capital.
"I feel good. I truly believe I can run a lot better and
show the world I can do that," he said.
"I do not really think it will affect my
performances," he said of the injury. "As long I can train before then I will be fine and
I will not be affected at all."
He said he was treating it with pain killers and massage but
was not expecting to do anything more than that.
"I took some pain killers but I am going to ease off the
pain killers because I am not a big fan of pain killers," he
The American said he was in a similar situation before his
double world title in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, when he was
suffering from a knee injury.
"Then I had a knee injury, now a groin injury. Confidence is
the same way. I feel I am the underdog [behind Bolt] and I still
have the same confidence I can be victorious."
Gay has run 9.77 seconds this year but said he could see
himself running a lot faster.
"My main goal is to run faster than those times. The best is
yet to come," Gay said.
Quiet and reserved, Gay is the opposite of the extrovert Bolt.
But he acknowledged the Jamaican's performances and his
showmanship were doing track and field a world of good.
"I feel really good the way he is transcending the sport. He
is making the sport less boring because he is so exciting. When
you have someone who can dance, entertain and run fast, it is
very good," Gay said.