GATESHEAD, England -- Tyson Gay of the United States edged Asafa Powell in the 100 meters Saturday at the British Grand Prix.
Gay won in 9.94 seconds, just 0.02 faster than his Jamaican rival in the Diamond League meet.
"I didn't know I'd won, I wasn't sure," Gay said as he walked back across the track, nursing his right hamstring. "I'm still a bit rusty."
Powell, fastest out of the blocks, said: "I eased a bit too much."
Powell was disappointed more with being passed than his time into a healthy headwind. He'd hyped a good time in the buildup in his first return to the Gateshead track where he equaled his then-world record of 9.77 four years ago.
In Rome last month, he clocked the year's best time of 9.82. That time was equaled by Usain Bolt on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Powell and world record-holder Bolt are set to meet in Paris on Friday.
Gay was pleasantly surprised to chase down Powell in the American's first competitive 100 of the season, a week after winning the 200 at Eugene, Ore. He said he was a little rusty because he's been nursing a hamstring injury.
"I feel good," Gay said. "He's one of my favorite competitors and I managed to get him today. I really had to stretch at the finish line and he did not see me coming, so I got the victory. The hamstring is still tight and that is something I am going to have to work on.
"The wind maybe affected times slightly, but not too much."
Powell in lane three got the better start and at 30 meters he had a half-meter lead on Gay in lane four. But at the 50 Gay had drawn even and lunged at the end toward the tape.
"I don't feel that bad," Powell said. "I think I forgot it was Tyson Gay out there. In the last 20-30 meters, I should have run differently. But he's a great sprinter and I gave him a chance. I didn't see him coming, but next time I will.
"I got a great start but I need a strong finish, too. I relaxed too soon. It's no setback though because I know what shape I'm in. I know I'll be ready for Bolt next week."