American Record, 100 meters (9.69)
World Champion, 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100, 2007
World Record, 200 meters Straight Track (19.41)
In 2007 and early 2008, Tyson Gay was on top of the sprint world.
Then in Eugene at the 2008 US Olympic Trials, Gay went down with a hamstring injury in an early heat of the 200 meters.
It was the last time we would see a healthy Gay. And for many, it was the first time to see the emergence of the phenomenon known as Usain Bolt.
But now, in 2012, we may have the privilege of seeing a healthy Gay run again.
The question is...is it too late? The sprint landscape has changed dramatically since 2007. The Jamaicans have a seemingly endless supply of quality sprinters—of note, young Yohan Blake.
But if it comes down to hard work, motivation and overall sprint mastery (Gay is the only man to have run a sub-10 100 meters, a sub-20 200 meters and a sub-45 400 meters), Tyson should get his gold.
Update: March 31, 2012 - If Gay does get his gold, it will have to be in the 100m or 4x100m relay. Citing a nagging pelvic disorder, Gay eliminated the 200m as an Olympic target. His total focus will be on the 100m, with minimal racing before the US Olympic Trials the end of June.