Mullings beats Gay in 100 at Adidas Grand Prix
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Mullings held off training partner Tyson Gay to win the 100 meters at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday.
After three false starts trimmed the field from nine to six, Jamaica's Mullings won in 10.26 seconds into a stiff wind in a photo finish at New York City's Diamond League meet.
Gay was slow out of the blocks but nearly ran down Mullings. The American also posted a time of 10.26 on a chilly, rainy day on Randall's Island, east of upper Manhattan.
Mullings needed oxygen after his victory — he has mild asthma and his chest gets tight in cold weather. The 28-year-old has suddenly emerged as the latest Jamaican sprint star, running a personal-best 9.80 last week in Oregon, the second-fastest time in the world this year behind Gay.
Earlier, three-time world champion Allyson Felix won the 200 meters in 22.92 seconds.
Felix led an American sweep of the top four spots. Reigning Olympic and world 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce struggled to last place while trying out the longer race she once hated.
Bianca Knight was second and Shalonda Solomon third.
American Jeremy Wariner, the 2004 Olympic champ, figured the 45.13 he ran to win the 400 was the equivalent of a mid-44-second time if not for the cold and rain. So he'll take it as an encouraging result heading into U.S. championships later this month, where he needs to qualify for worlds.
Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius was fifth in 45.69, just .08 off his personal best. He used to be uncomfortable racing in the rain, but he's gained confidence by making sure he trains outside every time the skies open up.
The "Blade Runner" from South Africa must run a 45.25 to post the "A'' qualifying time for this year's world championships. Saturday's time in bad weather is a good sign.