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NEW YORK (AP) American sprinter Tyson Gay is easing back in training and it seems to be paying off on race day.

The 30-year-old Gay tells The Associated Press that after several years of being hampered by injuries he has slowed a little in practice instead of going all out all the time.

His new approach is looking smart after Gay put up a fast time Saturday in his first 100-meter race of the season. He won in Jamaica in 9.86 seconds, the best mark so far in the world this year and an impressive one for early May.

Gay says he almost feels like he's cheating himself by not working harder in practice, but he does think this new style is the right thing to do.