Tyson Gay, left, became the third man to complete a sprint double after winning the gold medal in the 200 metres Thursday. ((Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press))

American Tyson Gay became the third man to complete a sprint double after winning the gold medal in the 200 metres Thursday at the world track and field championships in Osaka, Japan.

Gay stormed across the line in a championship record time of 19.76 seconds, easily outdistancing silver medallist Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who finished in 19.91.

Gay's fellow countryman and training partner, Wallace Spearmon, earned the bronze medal in 20.05.

The American also won the 100-metre title on Sunday, joining compatriots Maurice Greene (1999) and Justin Gatlin (2005) as the only sprinters to win both events in one competition.

Gay is expected to compete in the 400 on Sunday and would have the opportunity to capture his third gold medal. Only Carl Lewis (1983 and 1987) and Greene (1999) have won three golds at the worlds.

"I have two golds and I want the third," Gay said.

Bolt said there was no shame in losing to Gay. "I got beaten by the No. 1 man in the world," the Jamaican said. "For the moment, he is unbeatable."

Reed advances in 800-metres

Also on Thursday, Canadian Gary Reed won his preliminary heat in the 800. The native of Kamloops, B.C., posted a time of 1:46:00 to win the race and advance to Friday's semifinal.

Reed, 25, took the lead along the backstretch of the second lap, then held off Nabil Madi of Algeria for the win.

"It was easy," Reed said. "I probably shut it down a little bit too soon.

"I was looking up at the big screen coming down the home stretch and that's not like me. I lost focus a little bit but I didn't want to use any more [energy] than I had to use."

Reed, ranked fifth in the world, is focused on Friday's semifinal.

"I feel great. I have trained all year for this and I am going to try and go for it," said Reed, who finished eighth in the final of the 800 two years ago in Helsinki.

Achraf Tadili of Montreal finished fifth in his heat and failed to qualify for the next round.

"I lost so much speed at the end, but in general, the way I ran was perfect," he said. "That's the race. Sometimes you can't have control."

Winnipeg's Jared MacLeod failed to advance after hitting the first hurdle during his semifinal of the men's 110 hurdles. He finished seventh in 13.66 seconds.

He also had trouble clearing the first hurdle in his warm-up.

"Every time I took a run at it I'd smash it," MacLeod said. "I even took an extra run over a couple because I was trying to work it out.

"Even then, I was still hitting it. I am just getting to that hurdle really fast right now and I am not used to it. This is a fast track."

Other results from Thursday:

  • In the men's long jump final, Irving Saladino of Panama won the gold with a leap of 8.57 metres. European champion Andrew Howe of Italy took the silver (8.47) and American Dwight Phillips, the two-time defending world champion, earned the bronze (8.30).
  • In the women's 400-metre hurdles, Jana Rawlinson of Australia won the gold in 53.31 seconds. Yuliya Pechonkina of Russia finished second in 53.50 and Anna Jesien of Poland was third in 53.92.
  • In the women's hammer throw final, German Betty Heidler claimed the gold with a throw of 74.76 metres. Cuba's Yipsi Moreno, who won gold at the 2001 and 2003 world championships, finished second (74.74) and Zhang Wenxiu of China was third (74.39).
With files from Canadian Press and Associated Press