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Tyson Gay preps for worlds by winning 150-meter race

Tyson Gay, center, won the 150-meter street race at the Great City Games in England. He ran the last 100 meters in 8.88 seconds.
Tyson Gay, center, won the 150-meter street race at the Great City Games in England. He ran the last 100 meters in 8.88 seconds. AP

MANCHESTER, England — Tyson Gay won a 150-meter street race in Manchester on Sunday, missing out on Usain Bolt's world record in difficult conditions.

The Lexington native grabbed the lead early and ran the straight track in steady rain in 14.51 seconds — 0.16 slower than the mark set by Bolt at the same event in 2009.

Gay covered the last 100 meters in just 8.88.

"I don't know what that equates to but I'm glad it's pretty fast," Gay said.

American sprinter Darvis Patton finished second in 14.98, with British pair Marlon Devonish and Christian Malcolm rounding out the four-man field.

"The conditions probably set the time back and it could have been a lot quicker," said Devonish, admiring training mate Gay's performance.

Gay said his next Diamond League appearance would be in New York, adding that he could race Bolt before the Aug. 27-Sept. 4 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

"It's a definite possibility but I don't know his schedule yet," Gay said.

Liu stops Oliver's streak

SHANGHAI — Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang broke American David Oliver's 18-race win streak, winning the 110-meter hurdles at the Shanghai Diamond League event.

Liu dominated the race from the start, finishing in 13.07 seconds to the delight of the home crowd. Oliver was second in 13.18, while American Aries Merritt was third in 13.24.

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell cruised to victory in the men's 100 meters, finishing in 9.95 seconds. American Michael Rodgers was second in 10.01.

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion, has struggled with injuries since his last-second withdrawal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was experimenting with a new start technique in Shanghai, taking seven steps to the first hurdle instead of his customary eight.

Oliver hadn't lost an outdoor 110-meter hurdles race since August 2009 and was coming off a win Thursday in Daegu, South Korea.

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