GATESHEAD: Asafa Powell is promising a fast time when he runs against Tyson Gay in the 100 meters at Saturday's Diamond League meet in Gateshead.
The Jamaican is returning to the track where he equaled his former world-record time of 9.77 seconds in 2006. He hopes to send a message to current record-holder and reigning Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt.
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Bolt ran 9.82 in the 100 in Lausanne on Thursday, equaling Powell for the fastest time this year.
Powell said Friday he will be ``as fast as I want. I'll be very fast.''
Gay will be running the 100 for the first time this season in Gateshead, though the American clocked 19.76 over 200 meters in Eugene, Oregon, last weekend.