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Tyson Gay qualifies for Beijing World Championships

Tyson Gay crosses the finish line ahead of  Trayvon Bromell.
Image: Tyson Gay crosses the finish line ahead of Trayvon Bromell.

Tyson Gay ran 9.87 seconds to win the US 100 metres crown and qualify for the World Championships for the first time since 2009.

The 32-year-old recovered to outrun Trayvon Bromell to cross the line first at the US world championships trials. 

Bromell,19, had the jump on Gay but could not retain the advantage as the 2007 world champion powered to win by almost a tenth of a second.

It was Gay's biggest victory since returning from a drugs ban last year.

"That kid - he's tough," Gay said of Bromell. "He got out good, it was just one of those 10 years of experience, dig-down moments I had to get him. It felt good though.

"This win right here may be (my) most important win. I feel like it was the toughest." 

Bromell clocked 9.96 to become the first teenager to the make a US World Championship team in the 100m, while Mike Rodgers claimed third in 9.97 seconds as he also won a ticket to Beijing.

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Justin Gatlin, the year's fastest, has a bye in the 100m for Beijing and will compete only in the 200m in the trials.

Tori Bowie won the women's final in 10.81 with English Gardner the runner-up at 10.86.

Gardner had equalled the year's fastest time in the semi-finals, 10.79, but she could not hold off Bowie when it counted.

The third spot for Beijing went to Jasmine Todd in 10.92.

"I for sure think we made a statement (to the world) today," Bowie said. "But I am sure the other ladies are going to be just as prepared."

The US had never previously had six women under 11 seconds in a 100m final.

Olympic silver medalist Carmelita Jeter just missed making it seven. She clocked 11.01 and failed to make the US team.

London Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross also missed out, placing fifth in her 400m semi-final in 50.95, missing the final by one spot.

Francena McCorory ran the year's fastest women's 400m, 49.85 seconds, to advance to Saturday's final, alongside Allyson Felix who ran 50.62.

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