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Posted: August 17, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Gay withdraws from 200; hopes to compete on 4x100 relay

BERLIN - Defending world champion Tyson Gay will not compete in the 200 meters at the World Championships and instead will focus on preparing for a possible appearance in Team USA's 4x100m relay.

Competing all season with an injured groin, Gay ran an American record 9.71 seconds in Sunday night's final of the men's 100 meters to win the silver medal. The effort took enough of a toll on Gay that he decided resting would better serve the interests of Team USA and himself.

"Rather than risk further injury, I've decided that I will not compete in tomorrow's first round of the 200m," Gay said Monday night. "I would like to be a part of Team USA's 4x100m and believe this decision will give me the best chance to be ready for the relay. I want to help our relay as best I can."

Team USA will determine its first-round relay lineup after the men's 200m final on August 20. The first round of the relay is on Friday, August 21, with the final on Saturday, August 22.

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USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

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