INDIANAPOLIS -- Tyson Gay sliced through a headwind for a 9.84-second clocking last night in the most one-sided 100-meter victory at the US track and field championships since electronic timing was instituted 32 years ago.
Gay broke the meet record in the second-fastest 100 ever run into a headwind. The only one faster was Maurice Greene's 9.82 at the 2001 world championships in Edmonton. Gay ran into a wind of 0.5 meters per second, Greene's was 0.2 mps.
"The best my body has felt in a long time," he said. "I was hoping to get the world record [9.77]."
The time matched his personal best set a year ago, only that race had a tailwind.
The former Arkansas sprinter's time was easily the world's fastest this year and the fastest ever run by an American in the United States.
Already this year, Gay has wind-aided runs of 9.76 and 9.79.
Gay, also entered in the 200, had what he called his best start ever, then sped away from the field in a breathtaking final 50 meters. LSU's Trindon Holliday was far back in second at 10.07, 0.23 seconds behind the winner. NCAA champion Walter Dix was third at 10.09.
Torri Edwards added another chapter to her triumphant comeback by winning the 100 meters at 11.02 seconds .
Reigning world champion Lauryn Williams was second at 11.16, with Carmelita Jeter third at 11.17.
Bernard Lagat successfully defended his 5,000 title, running down Matt Tagenkamp over the final 100 meters to win in 13:30.73.
American 400 record-holder Sanya Richards won her semifinal heat in 50.02 seconds, fastest in the world this year.