Stockholm Shocker - Gay Outruns Bolt

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Asafa Powell was forced to withdraw from the 100m against Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay at the Diamond League meet in Stockholm because of injuries. Powell said he was "absolutely devastated" to miss the race against his rivals. And so were fans of the sport.

In the packed Olympic stadium with Jamaican flags flying, Bolt struggled at the start but won the first heat in 10.10 and Gay won the second heat in 10.02.

The start of the final race was disrupted by two stand-ups as the runners were forced to leave their blocks and restart their routine. Bolt looked relaxed and offered a quick fist bump to Gay. 20m into the race, Gay established a clear lead of around a meter, and Bolt never looked capable of making up the deficit. Gay finished in 9.84 followed by Bolt in 9.97.

After the race, Bolt, the triple Olympic champion, admitted to a BBC reporter that the stand-ups were a distraction, "It kind of gets annoying, but I can't blame that, he (Gay) was ready. He was in better shape than me. It's just one of those days for me today. I got a good start but there was no power."

After this race all eyes will be on Brussels for the next big match-up with Bolt, Gay and hopefully a healthy Powell.

Stay tuned running fans - there’s a lot of racing left this season.

Full results from Stockholm HERE