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Gay to run 1st time on straight track

4/29/2010

LONDON -- Tyson Gay, on a straight track, will attempt to beat Tommie Smith's 44-year-old mark in the 200 meters when he competes in the Great City Games on May 16.

The meet in Manchester, England, will be the first time Gay has raced the distance on a straight track.

Smith set the mark of 19.5 seconds on a straight cinder track in San Jose, Calif., in May 1966. It's an unofficial record because only 200s run around a curve are recognized by the IAAF.

The 65-year-old Smith will attend the meet to watch Gay, whose best time in the 200 was a 19.58 in New York last May.