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Groin injury forces Gay out of rematch

8/17/2009

BERLIN -- Tyson Gay is pulling out of the 200-meter competition at the world championships because of a groin injury, preventing a rematch with Usain Bolt.

The decision was announced Monday by U.S. track and field officials.

Gay finished second to Bolt in the 100 after the Jamaican won in a world-record 9.58 seconds Sunday. Gay set an American mark at 9.71 but was still a few strides behind Bolt.

Gay has been plagued by the groin injury in recent weeks. He's still leaving open the option of running in the 400-meter relay.