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American Tyson Gay beat Jamaica's Usain Bolt during the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium.
Jamaican Usain Bolt on most days lives up to his billing as the world's fastest man. But Friday, for a few seconds at least, he was the world's second-fastest as American Tyson Gay beat him in the 100m in Stockholm.
It was Bolt's first loss in two years since his last one which, coincidentally happened on the same track at Stockholm Olympic Stadium, site of the 1912 Games.
Tyson won with a time of 9.84 with Bolt coming in second at 9.97.
The race was part of the Samsung Diamond League series. The league's web site has a report on the race by someone who with a penchant for colorful writing, to say the least.
After putting pressure on the lanky Jamaican with a characteristically swift start, the American was never headed, and Bolt, grimacing with the effort, was not able to make his habitual 70m surge, finishing instead in 9.97, the second slowest time he has ever registered in a final.
Gay, his face maniacal, sent a roar of surprise through the packed 1912 stadium as he won in 9.84. It was a meeting record, earning him an automatic prize of a $10,000 diamond. But it is the precious victory he will prize above all else.
On a sunny evening when Alice Cooper – playing in Stockholm this weekend – had said an earlier hello to the packed stadium on an open-top car circuit of the track, it was Gay who showed there was "No More Mr Nice Guy."
As Bolt, who appeared to have given up hope of beating his rival in the final few metres, made a neutral exit, the photographers on the track were seized by indecision over who to photograph.
Characteristically, there were no bow-and-arrow poses or antics from Gay, who acknowledged his first victory over Bolt in three attempts with little more than a perfunctory raising of his arm.
It'd be hard to top that summary.