Gay's Last 100 In Manchester Street 150: 8.86
(from Mark Butler)

Powerade ION4 Great CityGames Manchester – May 15, 2011

All races on a specially-constructed straight track in the town centre.

It wasn’t the best of days for fast sprinting, in fact it was wet and chilly. Yet for two-thirds of his 150m, Tyson Gay was on pace for a world best.

The organisers again generously provided photo-finish timings at 50m intervals, so we learnt that Gay’s first two splits were 5.65 and 9.91. Exactly the same as Usain Bolt during his 14.35 here two years ago.

But whereas the Jamaican finished with a 4.44 last 50m, Gay slowed to 4.60, covering his last 100m in 8.86 (Bolt 8.70). The American’s en-route times during his 19.41 straight 200m last year were 5.69, 9.89 and 14.41, but then conditions were far better.

Women’s straight sprints don’t have as much history as the men’s, but it’s safe to say that the en-route 150m and final 200m times of Allyson Felix today (16.48 / 22.12) were the fastest ever run on a straight track. There could never have been official records because the following wind was 2.6, but it was clear that this was an exceptional performance from the yawning margin between her and the new European Champion Myriam Soumaré.

Analysis of Felix’s splits reveal that her 100m between 50m (6.30) and 150m was 10.18. Her second full 100m was 10.86, but that wasn’t the fastest closing 100m by a women on the day. That was Abiodun Oyepitan’s 10.84 flying 100m which came after a sluggish start to her 150m.

One world best which did fall was Andy Turner’s electrically-timed mark of 22.30 set in the 200m Hurdles last year. Assisted by a wind exactly on the limit, he clocked 22.10. Rapidly closing was Bershawn Jackson, who was also inside the old figures. Earlier Turner won the 110m Hurdles from Terrence Trammell in 13.42, so he repeated his hurdles double from 2010.

MEN
100 Metres (2.7)
1    Mark Lewis-Francis GBR    10.33w    (50m: 5.82)
2    Richard Kilty GBR    10.51    (5.87)
3    Nick Smith GBR    10.52    (5.83
4    Ryan Scott GBR    10.68    (5.90)

100 Metres Celebrity (2.3)
1    Ricky Whittle GBR    11.94w    (6.47)
2    Dalton Grant GBR    12.37    (6.68)
3    Mark Foster GBR    13.10    (7.01)
4    Derek Redmond GBR    19.82    (8.19)

150 Metres (1.5)
1    Tyson Gay USA    14.51    (50m: 5.65 / 100m: 9.91 / Flying last 100m: 8.86)
2    Darvis Patton USA    14.98    (5.75 / 10.17 / 9.23)
3    Marlon Devonish GBR    15.10    (5.78 / 10.26 / 9.32)
4    Christian Malcolm GBR    15.28    (5.82 / 10.34 / 9.46)

Blue Peter 150 Metres (1.3)
1    Calvin Boniface GBR    19.35    (6.98 / 12.93 / 12.37)
2    Andy Akinwolere GBR    20.09    (7.06 / 13.20 / 13.03)
3    Makisa Gilkes GBR (F)    22.50    (7.53 / 14.28 / 14.97)
4    Katie Driver GBR (F)    23.38    (7.95 / 15.16 / 15.43)

200 Metres (2.3)
1    Martial Mbandjock FRA    20.35w    (50m: 5.88 / 100m: 10.37 / 150m: 15.13 / 2nd 100m: 9.98)
2    Kim Collins SKN    20.43    (5.78 / 10.27 / 15.10 / 10.16)
3    Shawn Crawford USA    20.68    (5.93 / 10.41 / 15.25 / 10.27)
4    Rikki Fifton GBR    20.81    (5.89 / 10.42 / 15.30 / 10.39)

110 Metres Hurdles (2.0)
1    Andy Turner GBR    13.41
2    Dominic Berger USA    13.49
3    Terrence Trammell USA    13.51
4    Gianni Frankis GBR    13.84

200 Metres Hurdles (2.0)
1    Andy Turner GBR    22.10    (50m: 6.09 / 100m: 11.03 / 150m: 16.33 / 2nd 100m: 11.07)    
2    Bershawn Jackson USA    22.26    (6.28 / 11.30 / 16.59 / 10.96)
3    Angelo Taylor USA    22.84    (6.28 / 11.44 / 16.83 / 11.40)
4    Felix Sanchez DOM    23.28    (6.44 / 11.75 / 17.38 / 11.53)

WOMEN
100 Metres (1.8)
1    Jeanette Kwakye GBR    11.60    (50m: 6.31)
2    Anyika Onuora GBR    11.65    (6.41)
3    Shaunna Thompson GBR    11.79    (6.50)
4    Joey Duck GBR    11.95    (6.57)

150 Metres (1.6)
1    Abiodun Oyepitan GBR    17.34    (50m: 6.50 / 100m: 11.72 / Flying last 100m: 10.84)
2    Jessica Ennis GBR    17.40    (6.43 / 11.72 / 10.97)
3    Laura Turner GBR    17.43    (6.36 / 11.66 / 11.07)
4    Ashlee Nelson GBR    17.64    (6.41 / 11.78 / 11.23)

200 Metres (2.6)
1    Allyson Felix USA    22.12w    (50m: 6.31 / 100m: 11.26 / 150m: 16.48 / 2nd 100m: 10.86)
2    Myriam Soumaré FRA    23.35    (6.42 / 11.67 / 17.26 / 11.68)
3    Joice Maduaka GBR    23.67    (6.60 / 11.88 / 17.47 / 11.79)    
4    Christine Ohuruogu GBR    24.48    (6.84 / 12.43 / 18.26 / 12.05)

100 Metres Hurdles (0.4)
1    Danielle Carruthers USA    12.73    (50m: 6.86)
2    Ginnie Crawford USA    12.87    (6.87)
3    Jessica Ennis GBR    12.88    (6.91)
4    Tiffany Ofili GBR    12.88    (6.85)