Golden Gala Photo Gallery, by, Notes by Larry Eder



In his first race since the USA champs on June 25, Tyson Gay ran 9.77 for 100 meters in the final of the 100 meters at the Golden Gala/Rome, with Asafa Powell as second, in 9.88....

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Kerron Stewart runs a legal 10.75 to take a top field over 100 meters!


Alfred Yego of Kenya won a tightly contested 800 meters at the Golden Gala....


Blanka Vlasic, the high jump goddess, has some competition this season......


Asbel Kiprop is positioning himself well for Berlin, with this fine run in Rome......


Irving Saladino, Panama's superstar, has won both the Osaka World Champs and Beijing long jump, is battling Fabrice Lapierre and Dwight Phillips for global long jump domination.....

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In a telling race of their fitness levels, Asafa Powell ran 9.88 for second, as Tyson Gay ran 9.77, legal wind, to tie his American record of July 2008. Gay will run the 200 meters in Aviva London and Usain Bolt will run the 100 meters in the Aviva London Grand Prix. That means that Berlin will be the meeting of the sprint titans!


Sanya Richards is showing the world's 400 meter runners that she is on target for Berlin, with her world leading 49.23 for 400 meters in Rome!


Asafa Powell ran his 50th and 51rst sub ten second 100 meters. He is now number two on the all time list for sub ten second 100 meters. The leader, of course, at 52, is the one and only Mo Greene, who did that fifty two races from 1997-2004! Asafa ran 9.88 here to Tyson Gay's 9.77!


Dayron Robles of Cuba, 2008 Olympic champion ran 13.18 at the Golden Gala,
in Rome on Friday night, July 10, 2009.

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Thoughtful comments by Larry Eder. Music for inspiration was Californication soundtrack, season two ( a must have!).

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