Gay racing over 200 meters in Birmingham on Sunday

Tyson Gay (USA), right, celebrates with fans in the stands after winning the men’s 4x100m relay final during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports)

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – American sprinter Tyson Gay, fourth in the 100 meters at the London Olympics, will race over 200 for the first time in two years at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

The 30-year-old, who has run the second fastest 100 of all time and won silver in the 4×100 relay in London earlier this month, decided to concentrate on the shorter sprint two years ago after suffering numerous injuries.

“I feel like my body is ready for the longer sprint again,” Gay said in a news release. “It will be a nice test for me going up against guys like (Churandy) Martina, (Nickel) Ashmeade and (Wallace) Spearmon who are all in good form.

“Young Adam Gemili from the UK is an exciting talent too. I’m confident I can put forward a competitive time.”

Forty-five London medal winners will compete at the meeting including 17 champions.

Mo Farah races over two miles while fellow British gold medalist Greg Rutherford goes up against Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor of the U.S. in the long jump.

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