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U.S. sprinter Gay convinced world record needed for 100m gold

Updated: August 11, 2008, 11:01 PM ET
Reuters

BEIJING -- Tyson Gay thinks he might need to break 9.7 seconds to win the Olympic 100-meter final and has been focused on doing just that since Usain Bolt ran his world record of 9.72 in May.

Gay was not far behind with his American record 9.77 in July and got an idea of what his promised land would feel like when, backed by an "illegal" wind, he roared to 9.68 seconds to win the U.S. trials.

"When Bolt ran 9.72, I realized that I had to run a 9.6 to beat him and that's what I trained ...

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