Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  

Tyson's perfect finish

American Tyson Gay made the most of the fast conditions to put up the third best performance of all time in the men's 200m at the world athletics final here Sunday.

The 24-year-old clocked 19.68sec to place him behind world record holder Michael Johnson's 19.32 benchmark set at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and the 19.63 run by Xavier Carter in Lausanne in July.

"This was my last 200m of the season, what a superb way to finish," said the Kentucky-born Gay.

Namibian Frankie Fredericks, who took the title here in 1993 in the same time as Gay, was at the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium to witness the American match his time.

"To run that time in front of Frankie is a privilege," said Gay. "He's someone I admire a great deal both as an athlete and as a man."

Gay's compatriot, Michelle Parry, took the women's 100m hurdles in 12.52 ahead of another American, Damu Cherry.

Sanya Richards, second in the 400m on Saturday, went one better to lift the 400m title in 49.25, more than a second clear of runner-up Novlene Williams of Jamaica.

"I'm really happy with my season in terms of the consistent results," she said.

Jamaican Sherone Simpson dominated the 100m in 10.89 and Russian Tatyana Lebedeva added the triple jump to the long jump title captured on Saturday.

Her fellow Russian Yelena Isinbayeva justified her favourite's tag in the pole vault but her winning effort of 4.75m was a long way short of her world record jump of 5.01m.

Revenge was in the air in the 3000m with Ethiopia's Meseret Defar edging out compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba the day after Dibaba had prevailed in the 1500m.

Back among the men, Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele matched his younger brother Tariku's success in the 3000m 24 hours earlier with victory in the 5000m in which Tariku took fourth.