Tyson Gay confirms British race dates as American sprint star hunts Usain Bolt's world records

By Sportsmail Reporter

Chasing glory: Tyson Gay wants to surpass Usain Bolt's 100 and 200m records

Chasing glory: American sprinter Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay will race at both of Britain's IAAF Diamond League meetings this summer as he bids to surpass Usain Bolt's world 100 and 200metres records.

The American, the 100 and 200m world champion in 2007, will run the latter at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on July 10 and the 100m at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on August 13-14. 

He said: 'With no major worldwide championship this year, the Diamond League will be the biggest thing in track and field. I always enjoy competing in Britain, and I'm happy to see they have two Diamond League events.'

The American, whose 100m best is 9.69seconds and 200 best 19.58secs, compared to Bolt's times of 9.58 and 19.19, this month became the first man to run a sub-10 100m, sub-20 200 and sub-45 400 when he clocked a personal best 44.89 over one lap in Gainesville.  

He added: 'I'm really looking forward to returning to Gateshead for the Aviva British Grand Prix.  

The man to beat: Jamaica's Usain Bolt holds the world records over 100 and 200m

The man to beat: Usain Bolt holds the world records over 100 and 200m

'I've been to Gateshead twice and was able to win both times.I'm hoping to make it three in a row when I go back to compete in July. 

'The crowd is always great, really lively and energetic. I look forward to giving them a great show. 

'Competing in London is always great. The stadium is always packed and there's a great carnival atmosphere. It's fantastic racing in front of the Crystal Palace crowd and I'm really looking forward to being there again in August.'

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