London 2012: Tyson Gay's Sprint Debut Has Olympic Undertones

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London 2012: Tyson Gay's Sprint Debut Has Olympic Undertones
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It's been almost a year since American 100-meter record-holder Tyson Gay has run competitively.

Last July, just before the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Gay shut down his season, leaving enough time to undergo critical hip surgery (and recovery) in time to make one final stab at an elusive Olympic gold medal.

Meanwhile, the major players—namely Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell (all from Jamaica) and Americans Justin Gatlin and Walter Dix—have been strutting like peacocks with their sub-9.90 early-season times.

Today, at the Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meet at Randall's Island, New York, the world's second-fastest man seemed elated to have won his "B" 100 race in 10.0 seconds flat—into a stiff 1.5 meters-per-second headwind.

For comparison, Blake won the main "A" race, benefiting from a slight tailwind, in 9.90.

Considering Gay's lengthy down-time, and two surgical procedures within a year, "elated" may be too mild a word for a guy who keeps his emotions close to the vest...er, singlet.

Also considering that the same race with a legal tailwind would have produced something in the 9.90 range, American track fans have got to feel elated about Gay's chances to nab an Olympic berth in the upcoming Olympic Track and Field Trials the end of June in Eugene, Oregon.

In the race itself—populated with second-tier sprinters—Gay got a good start, burst into the lead within 30 meters and held good form throughout.

More importantly, he claimed there was no pain.

Perhaps now, one of the more intriguing subplots in this Olympic year—the mysterious (mis)fortunes of Tyson Gay—is about to unravel.

Stay tuned. Gay also mentioned there may be another race in the works before Eugene.

Here is a video clip of Gay's run.


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