Track and field lovers are stuck to their televisions and TiVos because today is the opening day of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. All eyes are on triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and 100 meters world champion Tyson Gay, whose anticipated world championship showdown is "seen as the biggest event of the nine-day championships", the AP reports.
The Jamaican Bolt donned new bright orange spikes clocked a comfortable 10.20 seconds. Tyson Gay, the American champ, ran the fastest time in the heats with 10.16 despite a minor groin injury. Gay told reporters: The injury "is a little sore. I did not want to use so much energy. I wanted to play it safe."
Other heat winners included Jamaica’s Michael Frater and Americans Mike Rogers and Darvis Patton.
WHEN YOU JUMP, video of this morning's qualifiers and more photos of Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, both of whom are looking excellent and in "top" form . The competitions are being held at Berlin's Olympic Stadium where Jesse Owens won gold in 1936, hence the "JO" decal seen on Tyson Gay's jersey. The second Usain Bolt video is Japanese commentary, and the second Tyson Gay video is via Eurosport and commentary is in Swedish. Maybe someone can translate?