Gay powers past Bromell for 100m title

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 11:34 PM

By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Tyson Gay ran down teen-ager Trayvon Bromell to win the men's 100 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Friday.

The victory, in 9.87 seconds, put the 32-year-old Gay in the world championships for the first time since 2009.

Bromell, just 19, clearly had the jump on Gay but could not retain the advantage as the 2007 world champion powered to the lead to win by almost a tenth of a second.

Bromell clocked 9.96 and Mike Rodgers rounded out the U.S. team for August's world championships in Beijing with a run of 9.97.

Justin Gatlin, the year's fastest, has a bye in the 100m for Beijing and will compete only in the 200m in the trials beginning on Saturday.

Tori Bowie won the women's final in 10.81 with English Gardner the runner-up at 10.86.

Gardner had posted the year's fastest time in the semi-finals, 10.79, but she could not hold off Bowie when it counted.

The third spot for Beijing went to collegian Jasmine Todd in 10.92.

"I for sure think we made a statement (to the world) today," Bowie said. "But I am sure the other ladies are going to be just as prepared.

Olympic silver medalist Carmelita Jeter failed to make the U.S. team, finishing 11th in 11.01.

Sharika Nelvis produced another 2015 best in the women's 100 meters hurdles preliminaries.

Nelvis paced a high quality women's field in 12.34 seconds in a first round race.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Eugene, Oregon; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Cameron French)