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Bolt v Gay to light up Berlin


boltUsain Bolt versus Tyson Gay is the sort of showdown that would grace any era of athletics and with a bit of luck the world championships in Berlin should give us two takes – in the 100 and 200 metres. 

The match-up between the Jamaican and the American was supposed to be the highlight of the Beijing Olympics but it wasn’t meant to be. Bolt stole the show with three golds and three world records while Gay failed even to make the 100 final. Bolt was in such crowd-pleasing form that in truth you hardly noticed the other seven runners on the track.

Gay leads the world rankings in both events but Bolt is right behind and both are in great form.

Gay has every reason to be hopeful: he’s racing well, he’s the defending champion, he wants revenge and Bolt started the season late after a car crash.